Delhi Police begin probe into “impersonation” by PM Modi’s Private Secretary
New Delhi, April 15 (Delhi Crown): The Delhi Police have launched a probe into an alleged “impersonation” by a person named Vivek Kumar presently employed as “Private Secretary” at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office in South Block.
Presently, PM Modi has two Private Secretaries – Vivek Kumar and Hardik Satishchandra Shah.
According to the Delhi Police sources, an email was sent in the name of Vivek Kumar to one Kunal Merchant, who is said to be a furniture designer, for making an exclusive table to be used by the Prime Minister and future incumbents at the PMO.
Vivek Kumar allegedly wrote in the email – “Dear Mr. Merchant we are pleased to inform you that our PM Narendra Modi has identified you and your design practice to design and build a permanent installation/executive table for exclusive use by the PM. The desk will be placed in the PMO and used by subsequent PMs to come.”
Kumar’s alleged email further added – “I request you to please get in touch at the earliest to discuss the plans and design work.”
However, the received of the alleged email, i.e. Kunal Merchant, expressed his inability to design the said table and declined the offer citing his “political and social views”.
“Thank You for considering me and my practice for such a prestigious project. Unfortunately, due to my political and social views I would like to respectfully decline this opportunity and wish not to be considered as a contender for the same,” replied Merchant.
Meanwhile, responding to the exchange of emails between Vivek Kumar and Kunal Merchant, Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said that he had received a complaint regarding “forgery, impersonation and identity fraud of an office bearer” at PMO.
“We have received a complaint regarding forgery, impersonation and identity fraud of an office bearer at the Prime Minister’s Office. Matter is under investigation,” said Asthana in a tweet on Friday.