Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Ajay Mehta here on Thursday convicted Het Ram, a resident of village Adwar of Meramasit area of Mandi sadar segment under Section 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), and 472 (making or possessing counterfeit seal) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sentenced him to undergo simple imprisonment of six month and imposed a fine of Rs 500.
The court announced that all the convictions will go concurrently and the accused has to pay a fine of Rs 2,000. The court ordered that in case of default of payment of the fine the accused has to serve an additional simple imprisonment of one month.
According to the police, the accused prepared forged documents by using panchayat stamp and forged signatures when he was panchayat secretary, and obtained a loan of Rs 1.13 lakhs from a Bank of Baroda branch at Mandi on March 3, 2005. The matter came into light when the accused failed to repay the loan amount and the bank asked the department for recovery of loan amount.
Assistant public prosecutor Ajay Thakur examined 19 witnesses to prove the guilt of the accused during the trial.