Dhanbad, Sept. 28: The district transport officer lodged an FIR against the Dhanbad district Congress treasurer last night for falsely claiming membership of a national panel and using beacon fitted vehicles without permission.
Shiv Ratan Dokania, a well-known industrialist who owns a hard coke factory and a tractor and motorcycle showroom, faked a PMO letterhead signed by an under secretary to claim he was a member of the National Commission for Backward Classes, district transport officer Ravi Raj Sharma has charged.
Sharma, who alleged Dokania was using beacon-fitted vehicles without permission for nearly a month, lodged the FIR around 11pm on the instruction of deputy commissioner (DC) Prashant Kumar.
The administrative glare on Dokania has fuelled factional conflicts within the Dhanbad unit of the Congress, a day after Rahul Gandhi urged the party leaders in Bokaro to shun infighting.
Kumar said the complaint has been lodged against Dokania on the basis of a letter of the national commission, which clarified that he wasn’t a member.
The FIR was filed under Sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 471 (use of forged document or electronic record as genuine), 472 and 473 (making or possessing counterfeit seal with intent to commit forgery) and 474 (having possession of forged document).
Dhanbad SP Ravi Kant Dhan said, “We will investigate the matter and also question Dokania to find out who gave him the fake letter or where they were printed. We will also try to find out if any racket was involved.”
The son of noted Congressman and former district treasurer late Gopichand Dokania, the trader was nominated treasurer by district president and local MLA Mannan Mullick after coal mafia don Suresh Singh was shot dead on December 7, 2011.
Dokania, whose nomination was opposed by some senior leaders, including general secretary Santosh Singh, has been attending several public functions for the last one month in the capacity of a member of the national panel.
A section of leaders has already upped the ante against Mullick for nominating Dokania. They have even demanded a probe against him, claiming he might have had a role in Dokania’s alleged fraud.
Santosh Singh said, “A CBI probe should be carried out to find out who helped Dokania to get the fake letter, as it seems those who made him the treasurer may have been involved.”
Mullick, however, defended Dokania, adding that someone else might have duped the treasurer with the letter and that the police should investigate and take action the real culprits.
The Dhanbad district administration has also launched a probe against Verma, who had claimed to be a member of the advisory council of the ministry of home affairs.