| The Jorhat CJM court building which houses the office of the Jorhat sub-divisional judicial magistrate (Sadar).
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Jorhat, April 29: A Jorhat court has sentenced two persons, including a woman, to one-year simple imprisonment on charges of forgery.
The Jorhat sub-divisional judicial magistrate (Sadar), Shakti Sarmah, convicted Rita Dutta and Arun Barua on Friday under Sections 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and sentenced the duo to simple imprisonment for a year.
In addition to the jail term, the court asked the accused to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 each and in case of default of payment, the duo will have to undergo simple imprisonment for another 15 days.
The woman had fraudulently joined as a clerk with forged documents in the public health engineering (PHE) department (Jorhat division) office in 1999.
Rita hails from Sonarigaon Na-Ali Dhekiajuli under Titabar subdivision of Jorhat district, while Barua, her brother-in-law and accomplice, is from Disoinagar on the northern outskirts here.
The court also convicted Rita under Section 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) of the IPC and imposed another fine of Rs 10,000.
In default of payment, the accused has to undergo a simple imprisonment of 30 days, the judgment said.
The case dates back to January 8, 1999, when Rita had joined the office here as a junior assistant by showing a transfer order purportedly issued from the PHE chief engineerís office, Guwahati.
According to the order, Rita was supposedly transferred from Howraghat PHE office in Karbi Anglong district.
Suspecting foul play, the then executive engineer of Jorhat division of the department, Satyajit Bora, made an inquiry with the chief engineerís office and came to know that no such order was issued and no employee under the name of Rita Dutta, hailing from Jorhat, was employed with the department.
Following the inquiry, the department on February 22, 1999, discharged Rita from service.
On March 14 of that year, Bora lodged an FIR at Jorhat police station against Rita.
A case (number 99/99) was registered at the police station on the basis of the complaint. During investigation, police found that Barua and another accomplice, Satish Deka of Bongalpukhuri here, were involved in the crime.
Subsequently, the three were named as accused in the case.
They were arrested but have since been out on bail.
Deka had expired during the course of the trial.
Assistant public prosecutor Jharna Buragohain represented the prosecution side, while advocates Bhabha Goswami and Rintu Goswami defended the accused.
The convicted persons can file an appeal against the verdict in court of the district and sessions judge within 30 days.