Shimla: Having produced an allegedly forged judgement of the Himachal Pradesh High Court for advancing a career in the governments PWD department has landed Kuldip Rao, brother of former congress minister Rangila Ram Rao and a conniving lawyer Haresh Sood, behind bars.
Confirming the duoâ€™s arrest, Sonal Agnihotri, SP Shimla said, â€œAfter seizing the forged documents and registering a case, both Rao and Sood were taken into custody late on Wednesday.â€
Rao, an executive engineer (XEN) with the state roads project is said to have produced the forged judgment before principal secretary PWD.
It was a tip off which alerted the police that Rao was using the forged judicial order to get a suspension in service period for the year 2006 revoked by means of the fake document.
The engineer was arrested and put under suspension for being allegedly involved in buying a question paper of combined pre-medical test (CPMT) for his child in order to secure a seat at medical college, Shimla.
While in the infamous CPMT case of 2006, which involves several others parents, is still to be decided by the sessions court Raoâ€™s suspension had been revoked but the blemish on the record was coming in the way to get a promotion as superintending engineer (SE), sources disclosed.
Acting on the tip off, investigators did an online search of the High Courtâ€™s website to ascertain the antecedent of the forged judgment, checked out with the registrar general of the High Court and as it became clear that there was no such judgment that had acquitted the accused in CPMT case, the police arrested him.
On being confronted with the fake documents, Rao named Sood as the one who had manufactured the fake judgment. Subsequently the lawyer was also arrested.
The lawyerâ€™s computer and laptop have been seized. â€œThe forged documents have been sent for forensic examination,â€ said Agnihotri.
Suspecting a wider racket about forged judgments in circulation, the police chief said that investigators were probing whether this was an isolated case or there is more to it.