NRI arrested for posing as employee of PMO’s office

In an unusual case of impersonation, an NRI was arrested earlier this week for allegedly posing as an employee of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and threatening an official of the divisional commissioner office. The NRI has also been accused of obstructing the employee from discharging his duty. The accused was produced in a city court yesterday and has been remanded to judicial custody.

According to police, the accused, identified as Atul Kalsi, is a resident of Vasant Vihar in Delhi. Atul had been threatening a junior stenographer in the divisional commissioner's office over the phone for not converting his residential property to a commercial one over the last few months. The stenographer approached divisional commissioner D Suresh with the issue, and finally moved the police.

The Times of India reported that, following an analysis of call records of the accused, police concluded that he lived in the USA and is a software engineer. He had property in the DLF area, which he wanted to convert to a commercial property.

ission of Gurugram, where the suspect was arrested.
The Municipal Commission of Gurugram, where the suspect was arrested. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

On Monday, Atul was called to the divisional commissioner's office, where he again claimed he was an employee of the PMO. When he was asked to show his PMO identity card, he started arguing and assaulting the stenographer. The police were immediately informed and arrested him from the divisional commissioner's office.

"According to rules, we asked him for identification, and he could not produce any. He then started abusing me and also attacked me," said Kulbhushan, the stenographer, in his complaint.

Based on his complaint, an FIR has been registered against the NRI under sections 170 (personating a public servant), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public function), 419 (cheating by personation) of IPC at the Civil Lines police station.

"The accused NRI has been arrested from the divisional commissioner's office. Preliminary investigation has revealed he wanted to convert his property's category," said sub-inspector Madan Kumar, the investigating officer.

Tushaar Kuthiala
Tushaar Kuthiala – Associate Editor

Tushaar has extensive experience as a journalist and in founding two start-up newspapers. He has developed editorial models for both copy and content, and has written several articles, news reports on a wide range of topics. He is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College and earned a post-graduate diploma in TV Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai. He has worked as a special correspondent based in New Delhi with Daily World, an international media organisation. 


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