Cops probe issuance of fraudulent driver’s license to Indian fugitive  

The alleged Land Transportation Office driver’s license issued to Kant Gupta* 

The police are investigating how a notorious fugitive from India tagged as a leader of an organized crime syndicate was able to obtain a Philippine driver’s license stating that he is a Filipino and a resident of Bacolod City.

Joginder Geong, alias Joginder Geyong and Kant Gupta, 40, who was arrested in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City, on Monday was the holder of driver’s license FO1-22-001866. 

The alleged Land Transportation Office driver’s license was issued to Kant Gupta of 132 Zicron Street, City Heights Subdivision, Taculing, Bacolod City. 

Kant Gupta was also the fake name used by Geong on a fraudulent Nepalese passport, the police said.  

Cpl. Noel Aliño, Bacolod police director, said on Thursday, July 11, that they are investigating whether the driver’s license was issued by the LTO or was a fake? 

If it is an authentic LTO license, the police want to know who are behind its issuance, Aliño said. 

Why was he issued a driver’s license stating that he is a Filipino and what documents were presented to obtain it? Aliño asked. 

He said the police request for verification of the driver’s license was personally received by Joseph Danoy, LTO Bacolod licensing chief, on Thursday. 

PLt. Col. Joery Puerto, City Investigation and Detective Management Unit chief of the Bacolod City Police Office, in his letter to Danoy sought his assistance in verifying the authenticity of the driver’s license purportedly issued to Gupta. 

The expiration date of the driver’s license is Nov. 7, 2026. 

“In the interest of upholding the integrity of official documents and ensuring public safely, we kindly request that you verify the authenticity of this driver’s license and confirm whether it was duly issued by your office. Your prompt response will significantly aid our ongoing investigation,” Puerto wrote. 

The Embassy of India in Manila had requested the arrest and deportation of Geong, who was described as a notorious criminal with a history of serious offenses such as murder, attempted murder, extortion, and robbery.  

He leads an organized crime syndicate and has been sentenced to life imprisonment for violating arms laws in India. There are also allegations linking him to the Khalistani Terrorist Group, a Bureau of Immigration report said.

He was brought to Manila by Bureau of Immigration operatives following his arrest in Bacolod on Monday.* 

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