Navsari police arrested four persons, including an impostor and a woman lawyer, for misleading the court. The cheating of the court came to light on Thursday during the physical verification of 20 riot accused in an 18-month-old case.
Following complaints and cross complaints, police had arrested 20 persons belonging two groups for rioting at Kalamtha village in Gandevi taluka of Navsari district.
During the trial, the accused number 4 identified as Shailesh Patel, used to remain absent in the Gandevi court. The court had issued a warrant against Shailesh Patel. Jitesh Patel, brother of Shailesh Patel, informed the police that his brother had gone abroad and signed the warrant on behalf of him. The signed warrant copy was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s Court.
However, the leaders of both the groups arrived at a compromise and submitted an application before the Gandevi court on April 14.
All the accused remained present before the Gandevi court.
When the names of all the 20 accused were called out their raised hands to show their presence in the court room.
Judicial magistrate B B Patel who was aware that Shailesh Patel, the accused number 4, had gone abroad ordered the court staffer to tally the names with photos of all the 20 accused. During this checking they zeroed in on the impostor Vimal Patel, a resident of Morli village in Gandevi taluka.
Vimal admitted that he was the cousin of Shailesh Patel who had gone abroad.
The judge ordered the police to arrest Vimal Patel and also instructed court clerk Manoj Bharucha to lodge a complaint of impersonation against Vimal Patel. Gandevi police registered an offence under IPC sections 419, 120 (B), and 114. Vimal was produced before the court and sent him to remand till April 16.
On the basis of Vimal Patel’s statement, Gandevi police arrested three more people identified as woman advocate Hanshaben Gaurishanker, Jitesh Patel and Bhavika Patel on Friday.