Ex-minister gets clean chit in bogus voter ID case | Gurgaon News

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Gurgaon: A city court on Tuesday gave former Haryana sports and youth affairs minister Sukhbir Kataria a clean chit in the 2009 bogus voter case, observing that the former minister cannot be prosecuted for cheating and forgery of any document. The case was filed in 2009 on the basis of a petition filed by Om Prakash Kataria, representing NGO Matdata Jagrookta Manch, alleging the role of seven people, including the minister, in making fake voter ID cards.
In his order, additional sessions judge Sanjay Kumar Sharma observed the prosecution has not been able to substantiate any of their allegations, that there is no complaint from the election commission office, and that the responsibility of discrepancies found in the voter list is the domain of the election commission — who is exclusively responsible for the voter ID creation process — for which Sukhbir cannot be held responsible.
“The court has dropped all charges with regards to offences of cheating and forgery. It has held that Om Prakash — who has served a life term in a murder case — has not been cheated in any manner, which indicates it’s nothing but political vendetta by adversaries of Sukhbir, using Om Prakash as stooge,” said Sukhbir’s counsel Vishal Gupta.
The minister and six others were booked under sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120B (criminal conspiracy), at Sector 5 police station. The other accused, including Sant Ram, Sandeep, Sanjeev, Sunana and Santosh, had allegedly voted during 2009 assembly election in Gurgaon using bogus voter ID cards.
As an independent candidate, Sukhbir had won the Gurgaon seat in the 2009 assembly polls by a thin margin of 2,138 votes. He then lent support to the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government and secured a ministerial berth. However, his rivals soon filed a suit in court, seeking an examination of the voter list of his constituency.
On investigation, a large number of fake names were found on the list, some of whom were relatives of the former minister. The names of his relatives figured in voter lists of more than three localities.

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