ARTO clerk gets 10-year jail for fake RCs

ARTO clerk gets 10-year jail for fake RCs
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Srinagar: A trial court here sentenced an employee of assistant regional transport office to ten-years simple imprisonment in a case involving production of fake registration certificates of vehicles.
The 2nd Additional Sessions Judge Srinagar, Tahir Khursheed Rana, sentenced Tundup Gyalson, a resident of Tikhsay Leh, to ten years simple imprisonment for commission of offence under section 467 RPC along with fine of Rs. 20,000, and five years simple imprisonment for commission of offence under section 468 RPC with fine of Rs. 10,000 in a case under FIR 99 of 1998 by Crime Branch Kashmir. The sentences would run concurrently.
“The court has found the accused guilty of forgery. He created false RC’s (registration certificates) of the vehicles and thus concealed the identification of true owners of the vehicles. The ld. APP has made a submission that such vehicles in the trouble torn valley have been used in past in militant activities. These vehicles are also used in criminal activities and of course when they carry fake RC’s, it acts as bottleneck in the pace of investigation and even the real offender gets escaped from the clutches of law,” the court said.
Gyalson, presently 64, was posted as a clerk at the Assistant Regional Transport Officer Anantnag at the time of offence.
The court was not convinced by the defence counsel’s plea for lenient sentence for Gyalson in view of his age, and prolonged trial.
In case of non-payment of fine, convict has to undergo further imprisonment for a period of six months. He can challenge his conviction and sentence in the High Court at Srinagar within a span of 90 days.