The court issued process against the accused for offences punishable under various sections of the IPC.
Mumbai: A Thane court has taken cognisance of a complaint against a BJP MLA, Kisan Kathore, an IAS officer and seven others for allegedly registering a village cooperative society by forging documents. The complaint was filed by Prabhu Govind Patil, who alleged that he was unauthorisedly made a member of the society by the accused, who forged his signature.
Magistrate Shailaja Pandey took note of the complaint and the supporting documents submitted by Mr Patil and ordered for issuance of process against nine people, saying prima facie, the complaint buttresses the allegations.
According to the complaint, Kisan Kathore, (Murbad constituency), set up a cooperative society —‘Sagav Parisar Vividh Karyakari Seva Sanstha’and added around 70 persons as members to the society by forging documents . He alleged and several of these members had died before the registration of the society.
“Perused the complaint and documents which prima facie reveal that the society bearing name Sagav Parisar Vividh Karya-kari Seva Sanstha was registered. Further, the death certificates of few members reveal that the society was registered in their names after their demise,” the court said. The court issued process against the accused for offences punishable under various sections of the IPC.
“Since the accused are promoters of the said society, prime facie it can be said that they have registered this society in the name of dead people by forging their signatures,” the court said.
Considering the complaint and the related documents, it can be inferred that the complainant has prime facie made out the allegations against the accused, it said. The court issued process against the accused for offences punishable under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 408 (criminal breach of trust), 467 (forgery of documents), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy).