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Six cops acquitted in corruption case

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JAMMU: Special Judge Anticorruption Jammu Sanjeev Gupta acquitted six cops namely Pardeep Kumar, Mohd Yousuf, Mohinder Singh, Narinder Kumar, Ram Lal and Onkar Nath, who were facing trial in corruption case after 11 years trial and investigation as there are many lacunae in police case.
According to the police case, accused persons in the year 2005 were posted at different offices of police establishment at Jammu. Accused Pardeep Kumar, Head Constable was Incharge verification branch District Police Office Jammu, ( in short DPO) accused Mohd Yousuf Constable was posted in the OSI Branch at DPO Jammu as Incharge deploying SPO, accused Mohinder Singh as Constable in the office of IGP Jammu, accused Narinder Kumar also as Constable in the office of ZPHQ Jammu and accused Ram Lal and Onkar Nath both SPOs in the office of RPHQ Jammu.
On 14th September 2005 Bodh Raj posted as office Sub Inspector at DPO Jammu received a telephonic information from District Police Line Jammu to the effect that Order Book No.1524 dated 8th September 2005 relating to appointment of three SPOs namely Koshal Sharma, Lucky Kumar and Darshan Lal issued by DPO Jammu was a forged order in as much as the belt No.515/SPO-J allotted to SPO Koshal Sharma by virtue of said order was already allotted to Krishan Kumar, son of Kewal Krishan, resident of Goh-Manhasan posted as SPO at police station Bakshi Nagar.
After the verification of order in question from the office it was found that order No. 1524 in fact was issued on 7th September 2005 which pertains to the finalization of enquiry against constable Shakeel Bhat No.2166/J.
Thereafter a written report was sent to the then SSP Jammu, Mukesh Singh, for registration of FIR against the accused persons, whose complicity initially surfaced during the preliminary enquiry conducted by Nasir Ahmed, the then Dy.SP (DAR) Jammu in the preparation of fake appointment orders of the above mentioned SPOs in pursuance of a criminal conspiracy hatched between them on the basis of which the forged order No.1524 purportedly issued by SSP Jammu after fabricating his signature over the order in question for their engagement in police department against an illegal consideration.
After the registration of FIR by the SHO Police Station Pacca Danga Jammu on the written direction of SSP Jammu vide his letter dated 17th September 2005, and after completion of investigation Challan was presented.
Court after hearing both the sides in length observed that conclusion that emerges from the discussion held is that the prosecution case has so many serious lacunae. Therefore, it would not be safe to fasten criminal liability on the accused on the basis of such evidence meaning thereby that prosecution has miserably failed not only to prove its case against the accused with regard to the offences under Prevention of Corruption Act but also other offences with which they have been charged. Accordingly prosecution case is dismissed and accused are acquitted. JNF

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