A 38-year-old woman got her death certificate issued from Udaipur Municipal Corporation through her friends to evade repayment of nearly Rs 4 lakh loan taken from a finance company. The matter came to light when her husband approached a councillor of Udaipur Municipal Corporation (UMC) stating that she was alive. The councillor was stunned as he had himself given a nod to issue the certificate by attesting the death certificate form. The police have registered a case of cheating against the said woman and two of her accomplices who conspired to get the death certificate issued. According to the police, the complainant, Rajesh Singhvi, a councillor at Udaipur Municipal Corporation said that two women came to his doorstep on June 26.
"The two, Shabana (30) and Mumtaaz (32), told Singhvi that their relative Mumtaaz (38) wife of Zaheer Mohammed, had died of snake bite on June 15. The complainant admitted that since both the women were known to him he did not cross-check the facts and attested the form to be submitted to the municipal corporation to get the certificate issued," said Fateh Singh, IO, Surajpole police station in Udaipur on Sunday.
Singh said that after filling the form and getting it attested, the women submitted it to the office of Udaipur Municipal Corporation. "They finally got the death certificate issued on June 30," Singh said, quoting the FIR.
However, on July 31, Zaheer Mohammed, husband of Mumtaaz (38), was shocked to find the death certificate of his wife. First he scolded her and later approached councillor Singhvi asking him why he helped his wife and friends to get the death certificate.
"The husband who has some differences with the wife also told me that his wife Mumtaaz had taken nearly Rs 4 lakh from a group finance company and did not repay it. So she conspired to get a death certificate issued to evade this loan.Thus I thought of lodging an FIR of for cheating against the three women -- Shabana, Mumtaaz and Mumtaaz (whose death certificate was made)," councillor Rajesh Singhvi told TOI over phone from Udaipur.Asked why he did not cross check the facts, he said, "As a local representative, we help people as per their needs. The women who approached me were known to me and I never thought that people can bluff me like this for a death certificate."