Delhi court issues notice to Patiala jail super

A Patiala jail superintendent has been ordered by a Delhi court to explain his repeated failure to produce before it a couple, wanted for their trial in a cheating and forgery case. The couple had been earlier remanded in Punjab police custody for probe into a case there and are presently lodged in Patiala Jail under judicial custody.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vidya Parkash issued show cause notice to the superintendent of Patiala Jail, where accused Vipin Sharma and his wife Honey Sharma are lodged.

Honey and Vipin, besides four other co-accused, were arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in 2009 and are facing trial in several cases of cheating, forgery and breach of trust for allegedly running a racket of providing fake passports and visas in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.

The court also issued issued fresh production warrant against the duo to be executed through "Special Messenger to be deputed by DCP, Special Cell with direction to ensure that belt number of the messenger is duly mentioned on the production warrant for necessary compliance."

The court had issued show cause notice to the Patiala jail superintendent earlier also on September 10 after which the duo were produced before the court here on September 24 and October 8.

The court also noted that the accused were not being produced before it despite records revealing that the production warrants were duly received by the Patiala jail authorities.

Besides Honey and Vipin Sharma, their relatives Sachin Sharma, Bhupender, Aman Alam and Harshad Alam are also accused of cheating, forgery, criminal conspiracy under the IPC and also under the Passport Act.

They were also booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. A sessions court had early this year discharged them from MCOCA but the order was stayed by the high court in an appeal by the state.

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