CUTTACK:In a significant order, the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Cuttack, convicted a city-based businessman Manoj Kumar Pradhan for forging certificate and getting admitted into post graduation (PG) course at Ravenshaw University, then Ravenshaw College, in 1992-93.
Holding him guilty of the charges filed by the Cuttack Vigilance, the court sentenced him to two years imprisonment and Rs 5,000 fine under Sections 420 and 471 of IPC.
Vigilance sleuths had filed a case against Pradhan in September, 1993, charging him with forging certificates, marksheets and other documents to get admission into PG course. Pradhan was a student of BA, Political Science during 1991-92 but was debarred from the final exams for indulging in malpractice.
He, subsequently, procured forged marksheet and provisional certificate showing him to have passed the degree examinations and also got the admission. During investigation, Pradhan’s crime was detected and the case went into trial in July, 1994.