Judicial magistrate Ashish Thathai convicted a man hailing from Haryana for impersonation in the written examination held by Punjab and Haryana high court to fill up the posts of clerks in various district courts.
The court, however, released the convict, Pawan Kumar of Jhajjar in Haryana, on probation of six months taking a lenient view. The court also acquitted his accomplice Sunil Kumar of Panipat in Haryana, after the prosecution failed to prove allegations against him.
“Keeping in view the gravity of offence, although the convict does not deserve any leniency, in view of modern trend of criminal penology which aims at providing the convict another chance to rehabilitate himself in society, I find it a fit case where convict should be granted benefit of probation under Probation of Offenders Act,” the court observed.
The court held, “The accused Pawan Kumar attempted to impersonate Sunil Kumar in the examination for clerks to be held by the high court. However, the prosecution has failed to prove the implicity of Sunil in commission of the crime. So he should be given benefit of doubt.”
The UT police on September 16, 2012, had booked Sunil and Pawan, after receiving a complaint from Devender Singh, a senior assistant in the high court. The complainant alleged that impersonation was detected during the examination at one of the centres — Sri Guru Gobind Singh (SGGS) Public School, Sector 26, Chandigarh.
Devender said while checking the admit cards, there was suspicion over the identity of one of the candidates as the picture on the admit card was not clear.
The candidate identified himself as Sunil Kumar (though it was later established in the investigations that he was actually Pawan Kumar). Singh said he asked the candidate to give a specimen of his signatures, which didn’t match with the one on the attendance sheet.
The candidate was then asked to show an identity proof and the candidate told Devender that it was in his bag lying outside the examination centre. Thereafter, the candidate went out to fetch the identity proof. After some time, the real candidate, Sunil Kumar, walked inside the examination centre, Singh said.