A local court in Srinagar has sentenced an employee of R&B department to one-year rigorous imprisonment for counterfeiting his date of birth in the service book.
Additional Sessions Judge Srinagar, S R Gandhi has found Javaid Ahmad Qadri blameworthy after investigation by the Vigilance Organization.
It was found that he had forged his date of birth from 9 April 1957 and changed it to 9 April 1960. He was working as establishment clerk in R&B 2nd division. Javaid was posted there up to 1996, and as per usual exercise, the service books of the officials generally remain in the custody of such clerks.
The court observed that Javaid had the access to his service book due to which he changed the date of birth whereas no other person could have been benefited by the forgery in the service book in as much as the service of the Javaid for the reason that his service was extended by three years.
Accordingly, the court has found Javaid guilty under RPC Sections of 467 and 468.
As per the court, however, the accused has not derived any benefit even after forging the documents and the court did not consider it a fit case to impose maximum punishment. So the court ordered him to face one year punishment and the fine of Rs 10000. However, in case of the default of payment of fine, the court said that he shall be confined in cell for three additional months.