Bail of accused cancelled after fake papers used for surety

The bail granted to Mexican national Gonzalez Maldonado Mauricio and Venezuelan Gutierez Orlando — accused in a Rs 6.73-crore diamond heist in the city in August 2010 — was cancelled by a magistrate court on Wednesday,after the police found out that property documents furnished by two men,who stood surety for the foreigners,were fake.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: January 6, 2012 12:05 am

The bail granted to Mexican national Gonzalez Maldonado Mauricio (23) and Venezuelan Gutierez Orlando (30) — accused in a Rs 6.73-crore diamond heist in the city in August 2010 — was cancelled by a magistrate court on Wednesday,after the police found out that property documents furnished by two men,who stood surety for the foreigners,were fake.

The two men who stood surety, Buldhana residents Surendra Namdev Ingle and Sheikh Zakir Sheikh Gafoor,and five of their accomplices have been arrested. Investigations have allegedly revealed that they were involved in seven similar cases.

Mexican nationals Mauricio,Guerrero Lugo Elvia Grissel (23) and Campos Molan Elias (40),along with Orlando,a Venezuelan,were detained at the Dubai International Airport on August 24,2010,after the Mumbai Police issued lookout notices for them and contacted the Interpol. They were then brought to the city by a Mumbai Police Crime Branch team.

On Wednesday,an appeal filed by the four foreigners challenging a 21-month sentence handed to them by the trial court,was also turned down by the Bombay High Court.

After the four foreigners entered into a plea-bargaining agreement,the 37th Metropolitan Magistrates court had handed down a 21-month sentence to them. While serving the sentence,the accused had filed an appeal against their sentence before the Bombay High Court,which then granted them bail on a surety of Rs 1 lakh each.

“Ingle and Gafoor approached the 37th Metropolitan Magistrates court stating they would stand surety for Mauricio and Orlando. The court directed us to verify the documents provided by the duo. A two-member team from Unit 12 of the Crime Branch then visited Varkhed in Shegaon Taluka in Buldhana. Enquiries with the village officer and tehsildar revealed that 7/12 extracts furnished by Ingle and Gafoor were bogus. The properties cited were in the names of other owners,” said a Crime Branch officer,who did not wish to be named.

An offence was registered against Ingle,Gafoor and five accomplices on December 6 for allegedly standing surety for seven accused by furnishing bogus documents. Ingle and Gafoor were subsequently arrested by the Khamgaon police.

The Crime Branch informed the magistrates court about the irregularities,following which the bail granted to the two foreigners was cancelled. Their appeal in the High Court was also turned down the same day.

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