Updated: February 11, 2021 2:01:38 am
The Bombay High Court recently rejected the temporary bail plea of a man from Osmanabad district for submitting a forged medical certificate of his mother to seek the release. The court directed the district hospital’s civil surgeon to file a complaint of forgery with police and submit a report to the court on the action initiated on or before February 26. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 to the man to be deposited within three weeks.
A division bench of Justice Sadhana S Jadhav and Justice Nitin R Borkar on February 4 passed an order on the interim application in criminal appeal by the man through advocate Priyal G Sarda, seeking the temporary bail for six months as his mother is suffering from breast cancer and diabetes.
Along with the plea, the applicant submitted a medical certificate issued by the medical officer, General Hospital, Osmanabad, dated October 27, 2020.
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However, as the court doubted the genuineness of the same, on January 19, it passed an order, directing the government lawyer to inquire into the case.
Thereafter, Additional Public Prosecutor Prajakta P Shinde submitted a report filed by Osmanabad Civil Hospital’s civil surgeon, who had said the certificate annexed to the bail plea had not been issued from the hospital and there was “no record to even remotely indicate” that the said patient (applicant’s mother) was examined by any doctor of that hospital.
The applicant’s mother, in her statement before the police said, she does not have papers to prove that she was undergoing treatment at the civil hospital a year ago.
The court observed that the stamps of medical officer and civil surgeon have been misused by the person who had fabricated the certificate.
“It is a serious matter and therefore, if need be, the civil surgeon, Osmanabad, is also directed to lodge a report at the police station against the miscreants who have misused/forged the stamps of the hospital. A clear attempt has been made to mislead this court,” a bench, led by Justice Jadhav, held.
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