A diamond trader's alleged abductor escaped from Tihar Jail by forging interim bail documents on Friday, police said. Police have registered a case involving the security lapse. Jail officials said that the bail documents could have been forged at the Dwarka judge's office.
The accused, identified as Sandeep Parmar (26), a former call center employee and the son of a Surat based cloth merchant, was arrested along with four others on July 3, 2007 for allegedly abducting one of his distant relatives: a diamond merchant.
They had confined the merchant in a room at Gurgaon and demanded Rs 1.5 crore ransom from his family. The trader was abducted near the Indira Gandhi International Airport in south Delhi.
According to police, the kin of another accused Sandeep Singh, who is lodged in Jail number 3 for the same offence as Parmar's had applied for a three-day interim bail for him, so that he could be present at his sister's marriage on February 10.
On February 10, two interim bail orders, one of them was later found to be forged reached Jail number 3 and 8 where Singh and Parmar were lodged.
“The order reached Jail number 8 first where Parmar was lodged. It had a seal from the office of judge MK Kaushik. We released him as per the court orders. The bluff was caught when the identical second order reached Jail number 3 where Singh was lodged. It was found that an inmate, Sandeep Parmar, has already been released against a same order. Sandeep Singh’s was however a genuine document,” said Sunil Gupta, Law Officer, Tihar Prisons.
Sher Singh Rana, the alleged killer of former dacoit Phoolan Devi, had used the same method to give authorities the slip, say police.
Police said Singh's family approached jail authorities after he was not released despite the necessary orders from the court being submitted.
Police said they were then approached by the jail authorities, “We have registered a case of forgery in addition to other charges against Parmar. We are investigating who prepared the forged interim bail orders and the seal on it,” said Sharad Aggarwal, deputy commissioner of police (west).
Singh was later released and the hunt for Parmar is on.
Police said Judge Kaushik denied signing the said interim bail orders for Sandeep Pawar, “He said the signatures on the document were not his,” said a senior police officer.
Police said everything on the document except the signature matched Sandeep Singh’s interim bail order. “We approached the judge after both orders seemed too similar for it to be a coincidence,” said the officer.