The registrar of births and deaths of Shrivardhan in neighbouring Raigad district is in trouble for signing two birth certificates showing one person with different dates of birth.
The Bombay High Court has directed registrar, Babasaheb Dhanmode, to appear in court on October 11 with the original records of Hemlata Mendadkar’s birth.
A division bench of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice U.D. Salvi issued the show cause notice to Dhanmode while hearing a habeas corpus [produce person in court] petition by Hemlata’s father, Ganpat Mendadkar, who alleged that his neighbour, S. Shelar, had kidnapped his daughter, a minor. Shelar and Hemlata eloped in August and got married against the wishes of the girl’s parents.
Mendadkar produced Hemlata’s birth certificate, which showed that she was born on December 20, 1992, and is a minor.
Eloping with a minor can invite legal action.
When the police produced Hemlata and Shelar in court on Tuesday, the woman showed another birth certificate with her date of birth as July 4, 1992.
She claimed she is a major and was eligible for marriage when she eloped.
Hemlata told the court that she had chosen to marry Shelar.
The examined the birth certificate Hemlata had produced and said it looked genuine.
The court was shocked to see that Dhanmode had signed both birth certificates within a span of one month.
The court allowed Hemlata to go with her husband but felt that the officer issuing the certificates should be questioned.
The court has asked the registrar to remain present and explain how two birth certificates with different dates were issued in the name of one person.