For betraying own brother and selling his share of property by forging signatures, judicial magistrate Jaswinder Singh on February 23 awarded two-year jail term to three senior citizens after nearly 15 years of being booked.
The convicts have been identified as Kashmiri Lal, a resident of Sector 19, Ramesh Kumar, a resident of Sector 35, and Subash Chand, a resident of Sector 8.
Dismissing the prayer of leniency citing age and health ailments, the court held, “Old age or disease in itself is not a ground for taking lenient view.” The court gave the decision after examining 22 witnesses to prove the allegations. The court also imposed a penalty of `4,000 each after holding the three guilty of forgery of valuable security (section 467), forgery for purpose of cheating (section 468), using forged document as genuine (section 471) and criminal conspiracy (section 120b) of the Indian Penal Code.
Cheated by his brothers, Madan Lal, a resident of Sector 34, had lodged a complaint in February 2000 with the Economic Offence Wing of the UT police, accusing the trio of selling of his share of property on forged documents.
In his complaint, Madan accused his brothers Kashmiri, Kumar and Chand, of forging his signatures on various documents to sell his share, in a jointly owned property, to New India Assurance Company.
In his complaint, Madan said he was the owner and in possession of first floor of House No1414, Sector 34, Chandigarh to the extent of 1/4th share jointly owned with his brothers.
He said the four brothers had jointly purchased the property in October 1980.
He alleged that in November 1999, the accused in connivance with an official of New India Assurance Company Limited, executed an agreement to sell Madan’s share without his knowledge to the insurance company.