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Gujarat man, poses as Chandrayaan-3 scientist, arrested

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The police in Gujarat’s Surat on Tuesday arrested a man, Mitul Trivedi, who posed as a scientist with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and gave interviews to media outlets claiming that he designed the lander module for the Chandrayaan-3 moon mission.

Trivedi posed as the “assistant chairman” of ISRO’s “Ancient Science Application department” and even produced a fake appointment letter dated February 26, 2022, PTI news agency reported, citing an official.

Trivedi even produced a fake letter about being the “space research member” for ISRO’s next project called “mercury force in space.”

The fake letter comes in light of ISRO carrying out its moon mission by successfully landing Chandrayaan-3 on the south pole of the moon.

“A thorough investigation revealed that the man was in no way connected to ISRO’s Chandrayaan-3 mission and had made false claims of being an ISRO employee,” the police said in a statement.

He was booked under sections 419 (cheating by impersonation), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), and 471 (using forged document as genuine) of the Indian Penal Code.

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