Lawyer arrested, police lookout for accomplice
Shimla: Following quashing of bail applications by HP High Court in a matter related to preparing of a forged court judgment to obtain benefits, police on Wednesday arrested an accused lawyer and are on the lookout his accomplice in the crime.
When contacted SP Shimla, Sonal Agnihotri said, â€œfollowing quashing of bail by the High Court, Haresh Sood, an accused in the case has been taken into custody. We are looking out for Kuldeep Rao, the other accused.â€
Earlier in the day, Justice DD Sud of the High Court after passing strictures on the trail court for granting bail to the two accused by terming the order as â€˜perverse and illegal, displaying if anything a total non-application of mindâ€™ cancelled the bails and ordered a 5 day police custody.
After the trial court granted bail to the accused on 28th May, the High Court had taken suo motto cognizance of the case and asked for the papers â€˜to look into the legality, propriety and regularity of an order passed.â€™
Accused Haresh charged with having â€˜entered into a criminal conspiracy to procure a forged and fabricated judgmentâ€™ was arrested on 25th May and Rao who reported ill was admitted to hospital and only discharged after the bail was obtained.
In his order Justice Sud records that the â€˜trial court should have been alive to the situation that the case involved serious erosion of the credibility of the judicial system and the manner in which it was manipulated. The impact on public interest was plain and evident without launching into a detailed inquiry.
â€œThe order directing the release of the respondents herein, is perverse, against all settled principles of law and cannot stand judicial scrutiny for a moment,â€ the bail cancellation orders states.
Booked under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B IPC, Haresh and Rao are accused of having forged a judgment of the High Court that Rao allegedly submitted to his superiors in the Public Works Department so as to obtain a promotion that had been withheld because of him being made an accused in another case.