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Renuka fake passport case reveals Margao civic body’s vulnerability

08 Nov 2017 04:45am IST
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08 Nov 2017 04:45am IST

Police sources say the accused may not even get chargesheeted in the case since there is very little or no scope for conviction as the case lacks details to take it to its logical conclusion

PRATIK PARAB


The shocking case of Renuka Tehshildar changing her name to Rita Fernandes by forging her certificates and other government documents is a classic example of the illegal ways and means adopted by such persons to obtain a Portuguese passport or get their birth registered in Portugal.

The ambiguity in the case and the threat to the state affairs has been clear but there is no punitive action taken by Margao Municipal Council to discourage such cases. The case has brought to the fore MMC’s vulnerability to such forgery.

With regards to the case, the accused staff of the Margao Municipal Council (MMC) have been reinstated. This happened despite MMC being directed by the Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) to file a police case to investigate the role of the accused. MMC reportedly constituted an internal committee to probe the issue but at the same time the council gave a clean chit to the accused.

Police sources said that the accused may not be even chargesheeted in the case since there is very little or no scope for conviction as the case lacks details to take it to its logical conclusion.

This particular case also revealed that it’s easy to forge a document by using a particular name of a person to register his/her birth in Portugal. The accused Renuka had allegedly bribed the Road Transport Office and obtained a driving licence in the name of Rita Fernandes and had gone a step further to register her landlords as her parents and all this was just to get a Portuguese passport.

Shadow Council for Margao (SCM) president Savio Coutinho said, “The ambiguity in the case and the threat to the state affairs has been clear but there is no punitive action taken by the MMC to discourage such cases. The MMC is again vulnerable to such forgery.”

He also said that the SCM had approached the Chief Registrar to investigate into the matter but nothing happened on this front.

“We had even complained on the bizarre case of a birth of a child having registered when there existed no living entity in that name. This complaint was also made but nothing has happened,” Savio said.

Meanwhile, Margao Police Inspector C L Patil informed that the documents that were seized in connection with the forgery have been sent for forensic verification to Hyderabad and they are awaiting report.

 

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