The Regional Bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) has directed the Uttarakhand Police to register an FIR against a man who served the Indian Army for 34 years posing as his brother. This fraud was exposed when he applied for linking his PAN with a pension, and so did his brother, who had retired from the Army.
Man Served Indian Army for 34 Years in Brothers Name
The case pertains to Narayan Singh, who had enlisted himself in the Army as Shyam Singh on November 30, 1982. He joined the 13 Guards Battalion as a soldier. Singh retired as Naik on June 30 2001.
He later re-enrolled in the Defense Security Corps (DSC) on March 3, 2002, and was discharged on July 1, 2018, after rendering more than 16 years of service. With two retirements, he was eligible for two pensions. He had linked his Permanent Account Number (PAN) and Aadhaar with his bank account while in the DSC service.
However, in May 2017, the bank received two Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards with the same name (Shyam Singh), same father’s name (Madan Singh) and exact date of birth (July 11, 1963) but two different ones. After with other pictures, his army pension was stopped. Later his DSC pension was also stopped.
If PAN link with SBI, then both brothers’ pension stopped
During the investigation, it was found that the younger brother of the accused is Shyam Singh, who also served the Army with six mechanized infantry.
He joined on March 15, 1982, and served for 20 years before retiring as a Havildar on January 31, 2002.
In April 2017, SBI’s Kashipur branch (Udham Singh Nagar district) asked the original Shyam Singh to link his PAN with the bank. It was found that the fraudster Shyam Singh had already entered into an account with SBI’s Rampur branch in Almora district. The PAN was linked. After this, the bank officials stopped the pension of both the brothers.
After four years, AFT gave instructions to the Uttarakhand Police for FIR
After a four-year trial, the AFT Lucknow bench ordered the Uttarakhand Police to register an FIR against Narayan Singh. The court found that accused Narayan Singh had used his younger brother’s Class V mark sheet to join the Indian Army.
However, his name in agricultural land records and ration card entries was Narayan Singh. He used his brother’s PAN card details to link them to the Pension Payment Order (PPO).
Lt Col (Retd) Seemath Kumar, Joint Registrar, Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), Lucknow, said, “The matter of impersonation would never have come to the fore if the PAN card was not linked to banks and PPOs.” The verdict, in this case, came on Wednesday, and a copy of the order was issued on Thursday.