Western Railway staffer forges documents to help son get job, nabbed

MUMBAI: A senior section engineer with the railways was arrested for forging documents to secure employment for his son. The accused, Yasin Shaikh, was nabbed along with his son, Ataullah from their Mira Road residence following instructions from the Bhoiwada court to the NM Joshi Marg police earlier this year to conduct a probe.

Yasin (54) works at the Western Railway’s workshop in Lower Parel as a senior section engineer (mechanical). “Yasin’s son, 29-year-old Ataullah wanted to secure the position of a fitter in the railways. Yasin forged an ITI certificate to help Ataullah bag the job,” said a police officer.

The case came to light in 2011 when Yasin’s estranged son-in-law, Qayyum Siddiqui, filed a petition in the court. Siddiqui claimed that Ataullah had taken Yasin’s help to submit forged education documents that certified him to be a qualified turner-fitter. Siddiqui apparently wanted to settle a personal score; he reported the forgery only after Yasin’s daughter divorced him and married another man three years ago.

In June 2013, the court directed the N M Joshi Marg police to lodge a complaint and investigate. “We visited the institute where Ataullah was supposed to have studied and passed as a qualified turner-fitter. Our team discovered that Ataullah had never been a student of this institute. After a detailed probe, we arrested the father-son duo from their residence in Mira Road,” said a police official.

The accused, Yasin and Ataullah, have been booked for forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

On being produced before a local court on Friday, they were remanded in police custody till November 4.