The Bhoiwada police have busted a gang that used fake guarantors and forged documents to bail out people accused of cheating. While cops have arrested four, two of the ring’s members, both women, are absconding.
The arrested accused have been identified as Kiran Ghedage, Rajendra Chaugule, Subhash Shedage and Sheetal Shinde, while those on the run are Priya Pillai and Pinki alias Nandini Loke.
The forgery came to light on May 2, when gang aide Sheetal Shinde submitted the paperwork to obtain bail of one Pradeep Pillai.
Police had arrested Pillai in 2011 on many charges of forgery, cheating, and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code.
When Bhoiwada court clerk Vasudha Sawant went through the papers, she found the guarantor’s documents to be suspect and sent them for verification to the Bhoiwada police station.
Senior inspector Sunil Tondwalkar of Bhoiwada police handed the job to his subordinates who examined the papers and realised that they were fabricated.
On June 27, police submitted a report to the court, stating that all the papers had been forged.
During investigation, the police came to know that the accused were involved in a forgery racket -- making bogus documents to secure bail bonds of accused persons lodged in jails.
They used to charge Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 for furnishing false paperwork and attesting it.
They had forged many documents including ration cards, property papers, salary slips and identity cards and submitted them in courts at Bhoiwada, Mazgaon, Andheri and Borivli.
SI Tondwalkar said, “We have arrested the accused under sections 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. We are trying to find out if they have committed similar offences in other courts.”