SRINAGAR – The Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar granted bail to three lawyers accused of forging a High Court order.
Three accused lawyers Peer Aamir Masoodi, Showkat Ahmed Dar and Musavir Ahmad Mir, as per the police, had forged a bail order to get released their clients whose bail was rejected both by the trial court as well as the appellate court in Budgam.
The accused lawyers, according the police, had forged the bail order using fake stamp and signature and passed it as a “genuine order issued by the High Court”. Their clients were released by the police on production of the fake order. The accused lawyers are in the police custody.
“The application for grant of bail to the accused is accepted and thus granted bail,” Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar maintained.
Pertinently, as per police, the accused had forged a bail order for the clients whose bail application was rejected by trial and appellant court in Budgam.
The fake bail order had fake stamp and signature and they used it to fool the authorities into believing it as a true order issued by High Court. Their clients were released by the police on production of this fake order.
The matter came to light when Police Station Magam in Budgam wanted to file a charge-sheet before the competent court against the clients of these two lawyers.
As per the provisions of law, the investigating officer of the case was required to submit a copy of bail bonds furnished by sureties of accused, along with charge sheet.
As he went to High Court to get the copy of bail bonds, he came to know no such bail order was issued by the High Court in this case.
On the directions of High Court, the Shaheed Gunj police registered the case vide FIR number 83/2017 and took up the investigation. The accused lawyers were arrested on January 8, 2019.
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar Gowhar Dalal granted bail to these lawyers. Advocate Mushtaq Ahmed, the Counsel for one of the accused told Kashmir News Trust that the accused were granted bail in one of the offenses while in another offense they will likely get bail on next date. (KNT)