Updated: October 21, 2021 9:56:35 am
The Delhi High Court granted anticipatory bail to a man accused of changing his son’s name to get him admitted to a reputed school under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category.
Justice Anu Malhotra granted anticipatory bail to the applicant in a case of alleged cheating, forgery, and criminal conspiracy under the IPC.
The FIR was registered after the school authorities lodged a complaint alleging that the applicant changed his name along with that of his son to get him admitted to the nursery class in the EWS quota in 2019.
Filing the anticipatory bail through his lawyer, senior advocate N Hariharan, the applicant submitted that he has been falsely implicated in the instant case “as he dared to dream that his children study in prestigious schools”.
The status report filed by the police stated that the child had objected to being addressed by his new name. The report further stated that the applicant’s employee, who is an accused in this case, used to pick the boy from school on a bike and later some distance away from the school, would use a car to drop the boy at his home.
The state submitted through the status report that the applicant was “knowingly not disclosing the facts and was deceiving the investigation and thus his custodial interrogation was required to find out the whereabouts of the co-accused… as well as the source of forged and fabricated documents involved in the case”.
The court was told that the applicant was involved in a similar case wherein he changed the name of his elder son to get admission under the EWS quota and was out on bail.
The prosecution had stated that “an actual EWS category student was deprived of getting admission”.
The applicant had submitted that the complainant “failed to throw his elder child from its school due to the protection granted by this court and has resorted to filing false FIRs against him as a pressure tactic”.
The applicant submitted that “he and his children belonged to the EWS category and by sheer dint of determination the applicant managed to get admission for his son”.
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