Land fraud case: Jehanabad court frames charges against Minority Commission chief


Patna,(BiharTimes): The first class judicial magistrate, Jehanabad, S K Rai, on Saturday framed charges against the chairman of the Bihar State Religious and Linguistic Minorities’ Commission, Naushad Ahmad, under Sections 420 (cheating), 467, 468, 471(relating to forgery and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, in pursuance of the Patna High Court’s directive.

As reported earlier the case pertains to selling of a plot of land to a member of Janata Housing Co-operative Society, Afsar Ima, by Naushad, who was then president of the society. The latter was then a Congress leader and joined Janata Dal (United) after Nitish Kumar came to power in 2005.

Imam came to know that the plot of land, in fact, belonged to Jehanabad Zila Parishad in 2001. He filed a complaint case against him in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Jehanabad, charging him with committing fraud, cheating and criminal conspiracy.

The CJM court took cognizance of the charges and transferred the case to the court of SDJM, Jehanabad. The SDJM had dismissed Naushad’s discharge petition in the case. But he filed a quashing petition before Patna High Court.

However, Justice Rakesh Kumar had dismissed his petition on November 2, 2010. He again filed a quashing petition in the same bench.

Justice Rakesh Kumar on November 5, 2012, again dismissed his petition and slapped Rs 25,000 on him for filing the second petition in the same case with a view to hoodwinking the court.

The High Court indicted Naushad
and observed that this was an attempt to commit fraud with the judicial proceeding. He directed the Jehanabad court to dispose of the case within eight months of production of this order by holding trial at least twice a week.





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