|Early Times Report|
Jammu, July 4: A local court in Jammu on Thursday rejected the bail application of a man who had impersonated as a Colonel of the Indian army and collected lakhs of rupees from many youth by promising to recruit them in the army.
Additional Sessions Judge, Jammu, Tahir Khurshid Raina, after hearing advocate Anil Sethi for the accused, who included two more persons besides the fake Colonel, and CPO Ashish Rathore for the state, observed that the accused have "played with the sentiments of the educated unemployed youth who are moving from pillar to post for realisation of their dream of getting employed somewhere to make both ends meet.
"In furtherance of that earnest desire and their obsession for employment, whenever they listen any voice of providing job, they rush towards that, unmindful of the fact that the drum beater of providing jobs is a genuine or a fake person like the accused, and as per the report of the prosecution, accused exploited the pitiable situation of innocent youth, did not think even for a second that how brutally he is exploiting their innocence and their meagre resources which they might have earned after burning the mid night oil or they may have even begged for the same. And finally, when it was unveiled upon this ill fated youth that what they dreamt as hope proved a hoax , their castle of dreams might have got shattered and a sense of gloom had prevailed upon them and their poor families who had linked their hopes with the accused."
The court further observed that the main accused, Kulbinder Singh, impersonated himself as an army officer, induced the youth with the connivance of other accused, Sunil Singh and Vishal Bhagat, for getting money, and as per the prosecution report, many youth have fallen prey to this sham and detestable ploy of the accused persons.
"The investigation in the case is going on to know as how many more youth have been the victim of nefarious design of the accused persons. And as per the report it has got further revealed that some youths of other areas outside the Jammu City, like in R.S Pura and Kathua have also fallen victim to the conspiracy of accused and their allurements and inducements."
The court added: "…the investigation in the case is on and many more clinching evidence is expected to be collected as revealed in the report filed by the prosecution," and rejected the bail applications of the three accused.