Recently, Metropolitan Magistrate Ashwani Panwar denied bail to Advocate Rakesh Kumar Awasthi who is accused of forging signatures of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Home Minister Amit Shah on a recommendation letter in order to get appointed as a Special Public Prosecutor.
In his order, the Magistrate noted that due to the gravity and nature of the offences the accused deserves no leniency on the ground that he is practising law since 1991 as grave and serious allegations of forging signatures of senior political figures are levelled against him.
It was further observed that the signatures were forged for securing an appointment as a Special Public Prosecutor; therefore, the accused does not deserve bail.
The petitioner had argued that he was falsely implicated in the case, and he has no past criminal history. He further argued that he neither forged the signatures nor did he prepare the documents in question to secure an appointment as Special Public Prosecutor.
However, the Hon’ble Judge was not impressed by the petitioner’s arguments, and the bail application was dismissed.