The Delhi High Court in unusual order on Thursday asked a call centre employee, booked for stealing Rs 4 lakh from his father's account by forging his signature, to render community service with an NGO for a year.
This was a pre-condition set by Justice Hima Kohli for quashing the FIR under Section 420 of Indian Penal Code against Shahnawaz after him and his father settled the matter out of court. The complaint was lodged in 2007.
Azghar Ali Khan (80) had lodged a complaint with the police after he lost his chequebook and within days Rs 3,92,992 went missing from his bank account.
During inquiry involving officials at the Cooperative Bank, Jamia Nagar, where Khan has his bank account, the police found that one Sikander had encashed the cheques with Khan's signature.
On questioning, Sikander told the police that it was Shahnawaz who had given him the cheques to withdraw money from the bank. The police soon arrested Shahnawaz.
Justice Koli directed asked Shahnawaz to visit NGO Helpage India, working for the aged and abandoned, once every week for a year and help the NGO for one hour.
Three days ago the judge had passed a similar order against a youth who injured three traffic policemen while trying to escape after he was caught jumping a red light four years ago. Quashing the FIR against him, the court directed him to help an NGO called 'Prayas'.