A local court has awarded two-year jail to former superintendent with the excise and taxation department,Chandigarh,and two employees of Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, for cheating and forgery.
The trio was booked in a case registered on February 19, 2003, for procuring and forging documents.
The convicts are Sanaullah Khan (68), Arun Kumar Singh, then posted in the examination branch (69) and Syed Salman Balkhi (65), then controller of examination, Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, Bihar.
Khan had submitted the forged documents with the department to get promotion.
“Even as Khan claimed that he completed his graduation in 1993 and investigations revealed that he never availed any leave as he was already employed with the department as clerk. So all these things create doubt about the genuineness of the document and it is clear that he had not applied for higher education nor had he appeared in the examination and the document in question is forged which he got prepared in connivance with the other accused,” read the order of judicial magistrate Pradeep Synghal.
“Khan in connivance with accused Singh and Balkhi got the documents verified illegally to help Khan,” ruled the court. The court imposed a fine of Rs 2,500 on Khan while Arun and Balkhi had to pay Rs 2,000 as fine.
In May 1999, the CBI had written to the UT administration alleging that Sanaullah Khan, superintendent, department of excise and taxation, Chandigarh, had submitted a fake graduation certificate. It was also alleged that Khan posed himself as an inspector excise and taxation and collected gratification from the markets of Chandigarh.
After the deputy commissioner, Chandigarh, expressed inability to verify the documents submitted by Khan as they were issued by Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, Bihar. The investigations were handed over to the vigilance department.
The probe revealed that despite being a matriculate, Khan allegedly procured a graduation degree on the basis of which he managed to get promotion to the post of inspector. As per the rules for promotion of inspector and excise and taxation officer (ETO), the candidate should be a graduate. Investigations revealed that Khan never got admission in any college nor the roll number mentioned on the mark sheet was ever issued by the university.
Defence of accused
Submitting the mark sheet was genuine Khan claimed that verification of documents proved that his mark sheet was issued by the university only.
Denying the allegations Balkhi and Arun Kumar Singh stated that mark sheet was issued in December 1994 much before they joined the department and verified in December 1999. They claimed to have joined the department in May 1999.