The CBI has registered a case of cheating against unknown persons for allegedly using the National Emblem and name of the "Prime Minister's Office" to dupe people on the pretext of giving houses to poor families.


The agency has registered an FIR on the basis of the reference from Prime Minister's Office which attached a complaint from a village head in Jharkhand.


"He has enclosed a copy of the letter, received from Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, Allahabad wherein Official Emblem, and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna has been mentioned...


"Prima facie the letter appears to be forged. The concerned persons misused the Official Emblem and PMO's name; it is clear case of forgery," Official on Special Duty in the PMO, Pritendra Kumar said in his letter to the CBI.


In the attached letter, the Allahabad-based "Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna" asked people to fill the form and submit it in its office in Kodarma. It claimed that once the amount has been sanctioned, the beneficiary will get ₹1 lakh through an account of the panchayat after being cleared by the village head and surveyor of the scheme.


The attached letter, however, does not demand any money and it also does not mention the "Prime Minister's Office" name as alleged in the complaint. However, it does use the Official Emblem.