HC summons accused in forged judgment case

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh High Court issued notices and sought the record from the trial court in a case where a lawyer and a former minister’s brother are accused of allegedly having forged a judgment of the High Court itself.

Notices have been issued to Haresh Sood, who is an advocate and Kuldeep Rao, an engineer with HPPWD in an alleged forgery case, said a court spokesperson.

The case came up before the court of Justice DD Sood on Wednesday and the trial court has been asked to place all the record before it, she added.

Kuldeep Rao, brother of former minister Rangila Ram Rao and Haresh Sood were arrested on 24th May after police registered a forgery case against them. The duo were later granted bail by the trial court.

The forgery was noticed after Kuldeep Rao presented a High Court order before principal secretary PWD.

The forged order allegedly made by Haresh Sood is said to have acquitted Rao in a case registered against him registered in 2006.

In that case Rao was arrested and suspended from service for having secured a seat in a medical college for his daughter by illegally manipulating the entrance examination system (CPMT).

By presenting the forged High Court order, Rao is said to have sought to have the suspension period of service regularized and wanted to be elevated as Superintendent Engineer (SE) from his present status of XEN.

On investigation, police is said to have established that the High Court Judgment presented did not exist in the records of the High Court and Rao had not been acquitted in the 2006 medical seat case as it was yet to be decided by the trial court.

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