Underworld don Chhota Rajan and three others have been sentences to seven years rigorous imprisonment by a Delhi court today in a fake passport case. The court has also ordered them to pay a fine of Rs 15,000 each. Yesterday, the court had convicted Rajan for offenses including forgery of valuable security under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which carries a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. Apart from him, other persons who were also convicted include three retired government servants — Deepak Natvarlal Shah, Lalitha Lakshmanan and Jayashree Dattatray Rahate.
Currently, Rajan is lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. Other three who were out on bail earlier, were taken back into custody after the verdict was announced. On March 28, the court had reserved the judgment in the case in which the underworld don allegedly obtained a fake passport in the name of Mohan Kumar – the three government officials had helped him in procuring it.
Earlier, Lakshmanan had approached High Court requesting it to transfer her case to Bengaluru, which was rejected, on the ground that district court in the national capital could also hear the case.
The High Court during the pendency of the plea had ordered a stay on the pronouncement of the verdict by the trial court. Later, however, It rejected the appeal.
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All the four have been convicted in the case of offences under sections 420 (cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 467(forgery of valuable security or will), 419(cheating by impersonation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and section 12 (offences and penalties) of the Passport Act.
(With inputs from PTI)