Cops nab gang that helped 500 criminals get bail on fake sureties

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) has arrested a gang of nine, a city-based lawyer, who including provided fake sureties to accused in criminal cases to secure bail. The police were in a soup as those who obtained bail on fake sureties skipped court proceedings, prompting the court to issue warrants against them.

Police Commissioner Praveen Sood found that scores of accused had got bail on fake documents, including fake Aadhaar numbers, voter Id cards and land documents, which were sold for Rs 2,500-Rs 3,000 by the gang. After Sood ordered an enquiry, the police unearthed over 500 cases in which sureties were obtained on fake documents provided by the gang.

The accused in the sensational murder of C N Srinivas, husband of the then Devasandra corporator R Manjula Devi in K R Puram in March 2014 had also obtained bail using such documents provided by the gang. The gang had cheated courts in Doddaballapura, Anekal, Devanahalli, Madugiri  and other places, the police said.

The arrested are Harinath Reddy (27) of Yelahanka, Prasanna Kumar (47), an advocate and a resident of K S Layout, D Kumar (22) of Mandya, V Shivaraj (38) of Kanakapura, G Venkatesh (51) of Nagarbhavi, D Srinivas (45) of Kengeri, H S Kumar (28) of Mysuru, Anjana Reddy (41) of Hindupur in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh and Sudha Rani (26) of Yelahanka.

CCB sleuths approached the kingpin of the racket Harinath Reddy alias ‘Surety Naidu’ stating that an accused required ‘surety’ for getting bail. He agreed and fabricated land documents belonging to a certain Narasimhalu Naidu. Initially, the police believed that Naidu was also part of the gang.

Later, they found that Naidu was dead and the police had approached his son Dinesh Naidu on several occasions while searching for those who had jumped bail. Jay Maruthi, ACP, CCB, said involvement of eight others came to light after the mobile phone call details of Reddy were analysed after his arrest.

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