An unknown person has been booked by the UT police for issuing fake appointment letter at the estate office in sector 17, as alleged in the complaint by the DC office.


Such acts of deceitfully earning money with the intention to cause actual loss to the victim are termed as fraud. These fraudulent acts are prevalent in the society where some criminal minded people target a person and take undue advantage of him by the means of cheating. Such kinds of acts are considered as the punishable offence under the Indian Penal Code, 18.

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  1. A person named Mukhtiyar Singh reached the DC Office with joining letter of the post of data entry operator on November 25 which was found to be fake by the officials.
  2. Mukhtiyar Singh told the officials that the accused, to whom he contacted after seeing an advertisement in the newspaper, had taken his written test at Burail.
  3. He further added that the accused took Rs1 lakh from him for the job.
  4. The accused assured them of job in DC office and took his interview at Burail and then handed over him a fake joining letter on November 16.
  5. The official from the estate wrote about the matter to the Chandigarh SSP. The UT police conducted the thorough investigation.

Laws on the matter:

The accused has been charged under Section 420, 467, 468, 471 and 511 of Indian Penal code, 1860.

Section 420 of Indian Penal Code deals with the cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property. Under this section, when due to actions of the cheat there is destruction or delivery of property or alteration or destruction of any valuable security, then the offender shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years along with fine.

Under Section 467 of Indian Penal Code the accused is charged for the forgery of valuable security or will. Any person who forged the document mentioned in this section shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years and liable to fine.

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Section 468 of Indian Penal Code provides for the charge of forgery for purpose of cheating. If a person forges a document with the intention of using it for the purpose of cheating, then he shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine.

Section 471 of Indian Penal Code states that Whoever fraudulently or dishonestly uses as genuine any document or electronic record which he knows or has reason to believe to be a forged document or electronic record, shall be punished in the same manner as if he had forged such document or electronic record.

Section 511 of Indian Penal Code

Punishment for attempting to commit offences punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment.—Whoever attempts to commit an offence punishable by this Code with 1[imprisonment for life] or imprisonment, or to cause such an offence to be commit­ted, and in such attempt does any act towards the commission of the offence, shall, where no express provision is made by this Code for the punishment of such attempt, be punished with 2[imprisonment of any description provided for the offence, for a term which may extend to one-half of the imprisonment for life or, as the case may be, one-half of the longest term of imprison­ment provided for that offence, or with such fine as is provided for the offence, or with both.

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Cheating has been defined by the Section 415 of Indian Penal Code. The main element which must be present to charge the accused on the grounds of cheating is the presence of intention to commit fraud and cause a wrongful gain to himself and wrongful loss to the other person. The practice of cheating or deceitfully earning money from others has become very common today. This act is completely against the morality and principles of humanity. People need to be more aware to prevent such kind of incidents. One should not blindly believe the words of the other person. Before giving money to someone or delivery any valuable property, make sure that you are not being deceived.

For case specific advice, please contact Punjab Haryana High Court Best/Expert Lawyers Advocates for Cheating and forgery Cases in Chandigarh Panchkula Mohali.

This post is written by Riya Rana

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