KERALA

Policeman held on charges of forgery

An Assistant Sub-Inspector, attached to the City Control Room and now under suspension, was arrested for producing forged documents before the court to release a vehicle involved in a case. K.V. Gopinathan, ASI, his wife Rajasri and stamp vendor K. Ravikumar, 57, of Cherthala, were arrested for forging a document that was presented before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (Economic Offences) court.

The case relates to unauthorised parking of a car inside police quarters at Thevara on May 1 by Abdul Barry, a police constable who was dismissed from the force on grounds of indiscipline. The car, bearing registration number KL-39 6046, obstructed the movement of pedestrians and other vehicles in the premises. Following this, V.G. Raveendranath, Circle Inspector, Ernakulam Town South and quarters station officer, asked Barry to move the vehicle.

Case registered

Instead of complying, he abused the officer. A case was subsequently registered and the vehicle was produced before the court.

At this point, Barry conspired with Gopinathan and produced a pre-dated document to show that the vehicle was sold to latter's wife Rajasri. The stamp paper was procured from Ravikumar.

Investigation made by Hill Palace Circle Inspector Biju Stephen showed that the stamp paper in question was originally purchased by Sherly Joseph of Pattanakad to send request to the Pareeksha Bhavan for making corrections in her date of birth. She had purchased two stamp papers of denomination Rs.20 and Rs.50.

Absconding

While her name was mentioned for the first stamp paper in the sales register, it was marked as “do” for the second paper.

Ravikumar used this stamp paper to forge the document by putting Rajasri's name there and issuing an old stamp paper using that serial number for a higher price. Abdul Barry has been absconding since then.

The police are also probing the role of advocate who recommended the sales of stamp paper and a Youth Congress leader from Cherthala who collected the stamp paper.

After releasing the controversial vehicle from the court using forged documents, the accused had been making media releases against the Circle Inspector. On confirming that the documents were forged, the court ordered the accused to be arrested and produced.



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