Friday, July 29, 2011

Govt pleader suspended after HC orders inquiry

Ahmedabad: The state government suspended the district government pleader (DGP) of Porbandar sessions court, Surendra Amlani over allegations that the lawyer had obtained the government pleader’s office by producing a false birth certificate. It has also directed the superintendent of police of Porbandar to hold an inquiry into the case.
One Laxman Odedara complained before the authorities against Amlani, who was selected as DGP, Porbandar in 2008 by the state legal department. Odedara’s grievance was that Amlani was born in 1948, but he had obtained a false certificate showing his year of birth as 1957.
When no authority acted on his complaint, Odedara moved high court through advocate Virat Popat, seeking directions to the DSP to lodge a complaint against Amlani for forging documents and obtaining charge of a public office by misleading the authorities. As soon as the copy of petition was served to the government pleader’s office, the state government acted on it and suspended Amlani from his post on July 21. After suspending his services as DGP and a public prosecutor, the government informed about the action taken against Amlani to the high court.
Justice M R Shah observed that if the allegations of using false birth certificate to get into the DGP’s office are found to be true, which are very serious in nature, the DSP should hold an inquiry into the complaint and find out whether an FIR can be lodged against the lawyer. The high court has given four weeks’ time to police to complete the procedure in this case.

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