Udupi: Niranjan Chidanand Bhat, was sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment, and also slammed with a penalty of Rs 7,000, on Monday, for impersonating former president of India A P J Abdul Kalam. Additional JMFC court held him guilty of the crime and declared the punishment.
Bhat, besides impersonation, when Dr Kalam was still alive, also forged the former president’s signature and created fake documents.
After having created an email-id email@example.com at ‘Surf N View’, a cyber centre near Karavali junction, he had sent a mail attached with a recommendation letter bearing the forged signature of the former president in which he nominated himself for the American Engineers Organisation’s Hoover award.
Bhat had mailed a recommendation letter to Goswami D Yogi in New York, which also sought details of a 50 MW solar thermal plant project, with the help of the fake account.
The district intelligence department observed the forgeries made by Bhat, and lodged a complaint. I Ganesh Hedge, who investigated the case subsequently filed a charge sheet.
The then public prosecutor Mamthaz and the present assistant public prosecutor Jayanti K argued the case.
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