Additional District Judge, RK Jain, Saturday initiated proceedings to declare model Noor Kataria a proclaimed offender (PO) in the fake licence case registered against her by the UT police.
Kataria was acquitted in the fake licence case by the lower court in December 2014 and an appeal challenging the acquittal was filed in the sessions court by the prosecution. In the last hearing on April 21, the court had issued a non-bailable warrant against the model. In spite of that, the model did not depose before the court Saturday and proceeding to declare her a proclaimed offender was issued by the court.
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Noor was arrested in a fake license case on May 23, 2008, during the investigation of the sensational Anuradha murder case.
Model Noor Kataria’s alleged relationship with one Baljinder Singh Sandhu alias Talla was seen as the motive behind the murder of the latter’s wife, Anuradha.
The police had recovered a fake licence from a flat in Sector 38 in Chandigarh.
The flat was owned by Baljinder Singh alias Talla, where Noor was residing as per the police but it could not be established in the court. Noor was a prosecution witness in the Anuradha murder case but she had turned hostile later.
She was booked under Sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the IPC.
The sensational Anuradha murder case was reported on May 18, 2008 and the police had arrested the deceased’s husband Baljinder Singh for the same. The police had described the motive behind the murder as the alleged affair of model Noor with Baljinder.
Baljinder was sentenced to life imprisonment by a local court in 2010.
According to the police, Noor had been staying at the Sector 38 flat of Talla from where her fake licence was recovered. The address mentioned on the licence was of Amritsar but there was no documentary evidence to establish the residence.
The counsel for Noor advocate Terminder Singh said, “The court has been harsh to my client. She had not appeared before the court once and her non-bailable warrants were issued. We will challenge it in the High Court.”