The police action revealed allegations of malpractice in obtaining bail in the lower courts. False documents were likely used for imposters posing as guarantors in bail cases. Bonds obtained in this way over the past six years are now under scanning.
The crime branch had on Thursday seized 250 fake Aadhaar cards, 13 credit certificates, ration cards, 24 NMC tax receipts, around 1,000 passport-size photographs and electronic gadgets used to prepare them.
The three arrested defendants, Sunil Sonkusre, Satish Sahu and Ravi Sawarkar have been taken into custody until 7 June. Their accomplice is on the run.
The arrested trio’s WhatsApp chats hint at a connection involving key players in the criminal justice system. According to sources, some lawyers and clerks knew that fake Aadhaar cards, ration cards, NMC tax receipts and solvency certificates were produced, but they nevertheless authorized the granting of the bonds.
DCP Chinmay Pandit, who under Additional CP Navinchandra Reddy has monitored raids, arrests and seizures so far, said the online service made it easier for racketeers to upload fake documents. “We will report the problems that arise with the judicial system,” Pandit said and added, “We are trying to find out who obtained bail using false documents and those who are involved in such actions.”
Sources said a team of senior inspectors Kishor Parvate are set to summon a number of lawyers, clerks and others whose names are surfacing in the investigation. We learn that police teams focus on imposters. “Amazingly, no one raised any objections or expressed any doubts even as the impostors repeatedly presented themselves as guarantors to secure bonds,” an official said.
The police department plans to approach the District Bar Association (DBA) to inform them of some of the attorneys suspected of engaging in malfeasance.
In yet another development, the crime branch dismantled a racket selling stamp papers arresting four people, Ranjan Rangari, Vikas Dhande, Sanjay Harde and Dilip Gawande, from collection and tehsil offices. Several stamp papers from previous years were seized.