Vaishno Devi board lodges FIR over fake letters sent in union minister's name

Chief Executive Officer of the board had received letters on the letter head of a union minister bearing his signatures recommending that priorities be granted for helicopter tickets and darshan.

The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) has lodged an FIR against unknown persons, who allegedly sent fake letters from a union minister recommending preferential treatment in the issuing of helicopter tickets and darshan at the shrine.

Chief Executive Officer of the board had received letters on the letter head of a union minister bearing his signatures recommending that priorities be granted for helicopter tickets and darshan. Because of the frequency of letters from the same source, the CEO lodged a complaint at the police station in Katra, which has registered an FIR for fraud and cheating.

It is pertinent to mention that the protocol wing of the board received letters on the letter head of a union minister, showing the signature of the minister and recommending that priorities be granted for helicopter tickets and darshans.

CEO found that these letters were mailed to the board's office from private email IDs and not from the official ID of the Ministry, and approached the concerned department for verification, who confirmed that no such letters had been issued by their Ministry.

In view of the above, a prima facie case of forgery and cheating has been filed at the Katra police station for taking urgent action.