Lucknow: The Vrindavan Police with the help of the local intelligence unit on Tuesday arrested a Canadian national for allegedly forging documents and living in India for the past 15 years.

The accused Ryan Gladstone, through a Delhi-based lawyer, paid Rs 30 lakh to someone to get a fake Indian nationality certificate after his visa, with which he came to India in 1994, got expired. The 55-year-old Krishna devotee was staying in the ISKCON temple since 2010.

While Gladstone was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the foreign national act and was being interrogated, a manhunt was launched to locate the person and the lawyer who helped him get the fake certificate.

Agra’s SP Shrawan Kumar Singh, according to media reports, said that initial investigation not only revealed that the ministry of home affairs (MHA) never issued the certificate, the number also showed that the same certificate was issued to a Sri Lankan national. “We cannot rule out the possibility of some organised gang behind it,” said Singh as reported.