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Three arrested for issuing bogus certificates

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Charged with cheating, conspiracy

CHENNAI: The City Central Crime Branch police have arrested three persons in connection with a complaint of preparing and providing bogus continuous discharge certificates to persons seeking work onboard ships.

These certificates are issued by the Directorate General of Shipping under the Ministry of Shipping and it is required for onboard employment.

According to Assistant Commissioner of Police, CCB, Augustine Daniel, a consultancy firm on Greames Road had released an advertisement in a leading Malayalam daily claiming that it had close liaison with shipping firms as also with training institutes for mandatory courses required to get jobs onboard.

Mr. Daniel said apparently, some of the applicants had been asked to pay Rs. 65,000 for the training and the certificate against a normal Rs. 500 charged by the Union Ministry.

"On a complaint from Captain Mishra of the Merchantile Marine Department in Chennai, raising doubts about the advertiser, we have arrested Nandakumar, who runs the consultancy, Hari Rao, reportedly a former employee of a shipping company, and Siddick of Mannady," he added.

The CCB official added that the last named person was allegedly the one who got bogus applications and certificates.

The police are on the lookout for some more persons who were behind the incident.

The investigators said they had laid their hands on three bogus applications, two passports and some unfilled applications, also stated to be bogus.

They had registered a case against the three arrested persons under charges of cheating and conspiracy.

Further investigations are on based on information being provided by the arrested persons, especially about the gang behind the conspiracy, Mr. Daniel said.

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