A case was lodged against 10 people for committing a fraud by registering a trust in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday and asking public representatives to donate funds for a university, police said.
Four people, including main accused Ajay Pandey, were taken into custody for interrogation, station officer, Varanasi Cantt, Rakesh Kumar said.
“A case was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against 10 people, including Ajay Pandey, for committing fraud and cheating by registering a trust in the name of honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Further investigation is on,” he confirmed.
He added that Pandey created a letter pad of the trust and used a picture of PM Modi on the letterhead.
On the DM’s instructions, sub-registrar-2 (Sadar) Harish Chaturvedi conducted a probe and found that Pandey was cheating prominent people in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He informed the DM who then instructed Chaturvedi to lodge a case with police immediately.Chaturvedi filed a complaint at Cantt police station, following which a case under Sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of document), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the IPC was registered against 10 people, the officer said.
A person privy to the matter said Pandey wrote letters to several MLAs and MPs, asking them to provide funds for the Adarsh Narendra Damodar Das Modi Antarrashtriya Vishwavidyalaya to be set up under the trust.