Man arrested for impersonating civil servant in Coimbatore

Racecourse police arrested a 47-year-old man who posed as a revenue department official and cheated a woman out of ₹5,000 for a correction in a legal heir certificate.

A. Kesavamani from Veerapandi Village No. 24 near Chinna Thadagam was arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged by Lakkshmi Narayanan, deputy tahsildar at Coimbatore north taluk office.

According to police, Mohan George Mathew of Somayampalayam village had submitted a petition to the District Collector during the grievance meeting held at the Collectorate on Monday, alleging that Kesavamani posed as an official from the northern taluk office of Coimbatore and had collected ₹5,000 as a bribe from his sister Elizabeth George for a certificate of legal heir.

As per the complaint, Mr. Mathew applied for a legal heir certificate through Kesavamani at the e-Sevai center of the taluk office on March 12 this year and he obtained the certificate on April 20. Kesavamani allegedly charged ₹5,000 for the document. However, the certificate incorrectly listed Ms George’s marital status as divorced.

When the siblings approached Kesavamani for a civil status correction, the latter demanded to pay ₹10,000, following which Mr. George submitted a petition to the collector.

Officials from the North Coimbatore taluk office discovered that no one by the name of Kesavamani was employed in the office. Deputy tahsildar Mr Narayanan filed a complaint with the Hippodrome Police against Kesavamani who was arrested on Tuesday for violations of Articles 170 (impersonating a public official) and 417 (penalty for cheating) of the Penal Code Indian. Kesavanai was brought before a magistrate and taken into custody.

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