Two clerks, a cop, policeman Ganesh Jagtap, booked for misuse of govt machinery, cheating to win President’s Medal


Pune : NpNews24 OnlinePune Crime | Receiving the President’s Medal is seen as a great honour in the police force. A police official has to have a clean track record to win this medal. A major condition is that you should not have been punished for any offence. A police constable in the Pune police made a bogus record in his service book by joining hands with two clerks in the DCP office. Thus, he cheated the government. Four persons, including the police constable have been booked in this regard.


Investigations revealed that he tore out a page in his service book and pasted another page in its place. The accused have been identified as constable Ganesh Ashok Jagtap attached to the special branch, junior clerk Nitesh Arvind Aynoor attached to the DCP office, senior clerk Ravindra Dhondiba Bandal, currently attached to the police commissionerate and another policeman, who was posted at the Wanawadi police station in 2019 as the Day Book personnel.


Senior clerk Santosh Prataprao Bhosale lodged a complaint at the Wanawadi police station in this regard. The incident took place between July 26, 2017 and January 29, 2020 at the DCP (Zone 5) office.


According to the police, Ganesh Jagtap was posted at the Wanawadi police station during 2017-2020. His increments were held back for two years as a penalty for dereliction of duty. The punishment was announced on February 13, 2018. This was a big hurdle for him in getting the President’s Medal. Therefore, he hatched a criminal conspiracy with the two clerks, Aynoor and Bandal. He made a fake document by making duplicate entries in the service book. He forged signatures in it and misused government stamps. Thus, he destroyed his service record for gaining illegal benefits for himself.


Jagtap was punished on February 13, 2018. The Day Book cop posted at the Wanawadi police station was supposed to execute this punishment. On the contrary, he helped Jagtap in this crime. Hence, he has also been booked. Every police personnel and officer is entitled to submit an application to their senior official if they think that they qualify for the President’s Medal. Jagtap was applying for the medal for some years. He had to submit an affidavit stating that he never had to undergo any punishment or any pending inquiry against him. He had applied for the President’s Medal. While scrutinising the documents, a page in his service book was found to be pasted later. Hence, Jagtap and his accomplices were booked.


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