Special Correspondent

64 arrested for indulging in the crime and charge sheets filed in 28 cases

LUCKNOW: Coming down heavily on increased cases of forged court orders, mainly on bail applications, the Uttar Pradesh Government has swung into action against the offenders.

According to the State Home Department, 64 persons have been arrested for indulging in the crime and charge sheets filed in 28 cases.

The issue of forged court orders came to light in a criminal case before the Allahabad High Court in which one Amit Rastogi of Pilibhit managed to get bail on a forged court order. Subsequently a criminal case was filed in the Cantonment police station in Allahabad against 10 persons.

Following the intervention of the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, who reviewed the development, the matter was referred to the State Government. The Government appointed the Director-General of the Criminal Investigation Department to investigate the case as there were reports of similar frauds in other districts.

State Home Secretary Rajendra Tewari told presspersons that 83 cases of fraud were unearthed of which 22 were handed over for investigation to the CBI, 24 to the CID, and in the remaining 35 cases the district police was handed the responsibility of conducting inquiry.

Mr. Tewari said the fraud was unearthed in 15 districts with Allahabad topping the list with 11 cases wherein forged orders were obtained for securing bail.

According to the Home Secretary, the other districts are Shajahanpur, Faizabad, Banda, Rae Bareli, Sitapur, Pilibhit, Bijnore, Ballia, Moradabad, Sonebhadra, Aligarh, Azamgarh, Gorakhpur and Bareilly.

The SP (CID), S.N. Singh, nodal officer of the case, said the Government had also recommended action against the High Court employees and some advocates allegedly involved in the racket.

Interestingly, the fraud of getting the signatures of officials forged for getting benefits had also reached the Chief Minister's Secretariat.

The Home Secretary said that six such cases had come to light in the Chief Minister's Office. Here, signatures were forged mainly to get gunners from the police department.

One case had been referred to the office of the Director-General of U.P. Police and is being investigated by Additional Director-General Shailendra Sagar.

The Home Secretary refused to disclose the names of the culprits.