A local court here Monday rejected bail to a lawyer accused of forging a High Court order.
Two accused lawyers Aamir Rashid Masoodi and Musavir Ahmad Mir, as per the police, had forged a bail order to release their clients whose bail was rejected both by the trial court as well as the appellate court in Budgam.
The accused lawyers, according the police, had forged the bail order using fake stamp and signature and passed it as a "genuine order issued by the High Court". Their clients were released by the police on production of the fake order. Both the accused lawyers are in the police custody at Police Station Shaheeh Gunj.
Today, the court of chief judicial magistrate, Srinagar, Aijaz Ahmad Khan, rejected the bail application of main accused Aamir Rashid Masoodi, observing that on "every step of investigation, new development is coming out and evidence collected so far reveals that much more is to come out."
"Gravity, severity of punishment and prima facie involvement of the accused is to be considered at this stage which clearly reveals that the accused is involved in the commission of offences, as such, does not deserve any concession for enlargement of accused on bail. As such, the instant application is rejected," the court said.
Court observed that acts of the accused destroy the faith of common people from the judicial institution. "People approach with high hopes and knock the doors of court with high esteem but the consequences of the instant act will have devastating effect," the court said.
It added that cursory look of the case diary file reveals that a "parallel court was being run by the accused alongwith aid and assistance of the persons, some of whom are yet to be arrested."
It observed "there is no big deal for such (accused) persons to win over the witnesses who are acquainted with case." "The modus operandi is that the accused persons are preparing bail orders issued by the High Court of J&K in various offences regarding which either no application has been submitted or the number of some other application has been mentioned in the title of the case. There is a lot coming out and every apprehension that much more will come out."
The court said that it is essential that the courts should provide investigating authorities with reasonable time to carry out their investigations.
Earlier, senior prosecution officer Abdul Rashid Mir vehemently opposing the bail application submitted that during investigation another fake order came to surface regarding which High Court has directed for registration of FIR.
"Another false and fabricated order has surfaced which has been seized during the search of home and personal locker of the accused. Investigation is at its pace and a number of aspects are required to be looked into," he pleaded. The court has earlier rejected the bail application of another accused lawyer Musavir Ahmad Mir on 22 February in this case. J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, has suspended the accused lawyer from the basic membership of Bar Association till the outcome of criminal case.