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Advocate doomed for forged signatures: Delhi High Court refuses to grant Bail to the Advocate due to his involvement in similar offenses previously [READ ORDER]

The Delhi High Court had refused to grant bail to the advocate who had forged signatures of Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath on recommendation letter and also on the grounds that he had been involved previously in a similar offense

By: Anish Khondo, 5th year law student at Christ (deemed to be) University.

The order was passed on 9th November 2020 by Metropolitan Magistrate Ashwani Panwar in Patiala House Court.

Mr. Sh. Shahid Ahmad, Ld. Counsel appeared for the applicant. The application was filed under section 437 of Crpc on behalf of the accused Advocate Rakesh Kumar Awasthi stating that he was falsely implicated in the present case. He also stated that he was innocent and had not prepared any forged documents. 

In the present case, the advocate was accused of allegedly preparing forged letters by forging the signatures of Hon’ble Home Minister of India, Sh. Amit Shah and Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Sh. Yogi Adityanath for the purpose of appointment as Special Public Prosecutor in the Narcotics Control Bureau.

The investigating officer, in reply to the statement from the applicant, submitted that the accused had also been previously involved in similar type of offenses and this was no new case.

The court, further analyzing the case, denied the grant of bail application to the applicant and stated that the applicant “deserves no leniency on the ground that he is a Legal Practitioner since 1991 as grave allegations of forging recommendation letters have been levelled against the applicant/accused. The alleged forgery was done for the purpose of securing appointment as Special Public Prosecutor. Therefore, keeping in view lite entire facts and circumstances of the present case bail application deserves to be dismissed. Accordingly, the present bail application stands dismissed.”

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