Bengaluru: Dr. Ramamurthy, M.B., a government doctor and an Assistant Professor of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI) has been booked by the Yeshwantpur police for approving documents for people seeking Aadhaar cards without verification.
He is the third to be pulled up by the police in the last 8 months for fake document attestation and issuance of endorsement letters for the same, informed the police.
“An initial probe revealed that Dr. Ramamurthy had also shared a copy of his ID card along with the letter of endorsement, using which many beneficiaries have availed Aadhaar cards from Yeshwantpur. Many such Aadhaar beneficiaries obtained a driving license and registered vehicles,” a police officer told Hindu.
The matter surfaced when the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) officials during a routine audit, chanced upon documents lacking credibility. A cross-check led them to discover that several Aadhaar cards, obtained with false information, had been endorsed by the doctor.
The discovery of falsified documentation led to Deputy Director, UIDAI, Ashok Lenin filing a complaint with the police, last Friday, accusing the doctor of helping people get Aadhaar illegally and thereby, fooling the government.
A Case under various sections of the IT Act and Aadhaar Act were registered by the Yeshwantpur police
“We have asked the UIDAI to provide details of the beneficiaries,” a senior police officer said.
The existence of a larger scam behind this façade is also being suspected by the police. “We suspect middlemen of luring doctors to help them get Aadhaar cards, which is becoming an essential document,” the officer added.
Meanwhile, Bellandur police arrested seven persons, including six Bangladeshis, for being in possession of Aadhaar cards made using forged documents. In this case, the attestor of documents was Dr H.C. Lokesh, who works in a primary health center in Bommasandra.
Dr. C.S. Nagalakshammamal, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jayanagar government hospital has also been arrested for endorsing documents submitted by three Pakistanis for getting themselves enrolled to obtain Aadhaar cards during their illegal stay in Bengaluru, reports the Hindu.