Qatar consulate ex-employee, woman use forged divorce papers to marry, held

A former employee of the Qatar consulate in Mumbai and a woman were arrested Tuesday for allegedly submitting a forged divorce certificate to Wakf Board, Hyderabad, to get married, police said Thursday.

Mohammad Anwar Mehmood Nawab (58) worked at the consulate in Nariman Point since 1976 and was the chief Qatarian affairs officer from 1978 to 2010.

Police said Nawab and the woman, who is married to another man and has three children, knew each other for nearly 30 years but fell in love and decided to marry last year.

On April 26 last year, her husband approached mufti Tausif Mansur Mazhuri, a qazi at Khaire Ummat Darul Qaza, an organisation that deals with divorces, to know the date on which she submitted the divorce papers. He said she did not have his consent.

Mazhuri checked records and found the accused had used a forged letterhead of his organisation and also forged signature of the legal husband. Police said Mazhuri also discovered that the duo married at Jama Masjid in Bandra and submitted papers at the Wakf Board office in Hyderabad.

He lodged a complaint at J J Marg police station on January 5 and the two were booked for cheating and forgery.

A police team went to Hyderabad this week and arrested the two from the house of Nawab in Somajiguda. "We have charged them under IPC sections 34 (common intention), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security ), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating ) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and they have been remanded by a magistrate in Mazgaon in police custody till February 1.

A Qatar consulate representative said, "Yes, it is true Nawab worked for us. But his employment was terminated in 2010."

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