Police closed as many as 33 cases against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) district President Ravindra Rathore most of these in May in Uttar Pradesh. The cases were lodged by Shahla Tahir, current Samajwadi Party (SP) supported chairperson of the municipal board on February 14, 2015, in the Nawabganj police station, Bareilly. The cases concerned forgery and cheating allegedly committed at the time Rathore was the Chairperson of Nawabganj Municipal Corporation. “The present BJP machinery helped Rathore by filing closure reports,” said Tahir. “I will challenge it in the court and seek direction for further investigation,” she added.
Rathore was named in 33 cases along with others, under IPC sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468(forgery for purpose of cheating), 471(using as genuine a forged document of electronic record) and 392 (robbery) all filed in a single day.
The FIRs were for reallotment of 33 shops which belonged to the municipal board during his term in 2001. Pramod Kumar Sharma, station house officer, Nawabganj police station, said, “Tahir alleged in her complaints that documents were forged to reallot the shops.”
Inspector Subhash Tyagi of crime branch said, “Investigation of the cases was assigned among officers and they all filed closure reports in the court during last two months. The court is yet to accept the reports”.Rathore told Indian Express, “the police filed closure reports because the allegations were false. As all the cases were filed in a day shows that the FIRs were politically influenced.”
Tahir, who was the chairperson there in 1995-2000 was re-elected in 2012. Rathore was the chairperson in 2011.According to the report “Most of the shops allotted by Shahla Tahir (during her earlier tenure as chairperson) were under construction. After being elected in 2001, I allotted the shops following all norms and due process,” Rathore said. He added, ” A few days after the FIRs were lodged, I submitted my reply to the SSP and the district magistrate. The reply contained evidence as well. The shops are in the possession of the same persons who had been allotted these in 2001″
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Tahir alleged that the shop owners were not the same to whom these shops were allotted in 1995. The documents were forged to reallot the shops in 2001. She told Indian Express that the new allottees took over the shops from original allottees by force.