A Sessions court here has initiated perjury proceedings against a private bank employee for prima facie deposing falsely in a case where her boyfriend, later her husband, was part of a group of five men who robbed a jeweller of Rs.1.55 crore.
Sentencing four of the men to varying terms in jail, Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said the ICICI Bank employee, Supriya, had passed on to her fiancé, Jitesh Gogia, details relating to the huge cash deposits made by the jeweller’s son at the bank, which then led to the hatching of the conspiracy between the five men.
All the five belonged to well-off families but committed the robbery to fund their lavish lifestyle. One of the accused, Deepak Gogia, is absconding. Jitesh disclosed the information from Supriya to his cousin Deepak who then told this to his friends -- Harshit Prabhakar, Vikas Aggarwal and Praveen Goel. After detailed planning, they committed the robbery in December 2009 at Ashok Vihar Phase-II by flashing a pistol, just as the jeweller and his daughter-in-law were loading the money into a car to deposit at the bank.
The court noted that the woman had not told it the truth about her being deployed at the cash counter of the bank, a fact which was uncovered following a report from the ICICI Bank. She also attempted to conceal the regular calls she made to Jitesh before and after the incident.
“It is writ large that she has made a false statement on oath before the Court in order to assist the accused particularly Jitesh Gogia, whom she married after the incident, and to save them from penal consequences… Any attempt by a witness to divert the course of justice is required to be dealt with sternly. Supriya was legally bound by an oath to state the truth in the court which she did not do...I hereby direct that she be prosecuted and tried for these offences affecting administration of justice so that it is deterrence for others attempting to indulge in such adventurism,” Ms. Lau said.