Judicial magistrate Hasan Deep Singh Bajwa on Wednesday awarded three-year-jail to two directors of Berkeley Automobiles Limited after holding them guilty of cheating by selling vehicles on forged temporary numbers documents.
The court also imposed a fine of rs25,000 each on Rajeev Dahuja and his brother Sanjay Dahuja, directors of Berkeley automobiles Limited. However, the two were immediately granted bail after the sentence. The court, however, acquitted JS Cheema, an employee, who was also charged with forgery.
Varinder Singh Chaddha, a Sector-35 resident, who runs Chaddha Travels in Sector 22, had moved court, alleging cheating and sale of vehicle on forged documents by the agency.
He alleged that on February 13, 2003, he purchased a bus chassis from Berkeley Automobiles Limited after paying about `6 lakh for which he was issued a temporary number.He alleged that his vehicle was impounded as the temporary number of the bus owned by him was fake. He was booked for cheating along with an employee of Berkeley Automobiles Limited JS Cheema, who had signed the receipt. Chaddha was jailed for four months before getting bail and was finally cleared in 2005.
Following his acquittal, Chaddha alleged that the firm was only authorised in January 2004 to issue temporary numbers by DTO Ropar but they had been issuing these without permissions in place from January 7, 2003 to January 18, 2004 had sold, on fake and forged temporary numbers.