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Two lady advocates accused of forgery

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 5 - The Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim has filed a complaint with the police alleging forgery against two �woman advocates�, who had submitted bogus LLB pass certificates to get themselves enrolled as licensed lawyers.

Shockingly, one of them has been practising since 2005 and it was only when she applied for renewal of her licence that the matter came to light.

While Chayanika Koundinya had tried to secure a licence by submitting forged documents, Beena Hazarika has been practising without any authorised degree or licence since 2005, alleged the members of the Bar Council at a press conference today. Hazarika also enclosed a photo copy of the certificate issued by the Advocates� Association, Guwahati, which has surprised the Council.

�Hazarika�s documents were found to be forged when she applied for renewal. When we cross-checked with the university concerned, there was no such name to be found,� said Apurba Kumar Sharma, member, Bar Council of India.

The roll number that Chayanika produced belongs to one Tulika Deka instead. Sharma also alleged that a forged certificate supplied by Chayanika was even attested by the Superintendent of the Gauhati University Law College, indicating that the nexus could be bigger than it appears. Chayanika�s father also works at the Gauhati University, said the members of the Council, adding that neither Chayanika Koundinya nor Beena Hazarika could produce the original documents.

�The investigating agency should take all these aspects into account,� Sharma said, adding that the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim have informed the Bar Council of India about the matter.

The enrolment committee, during the course of scrutiny of applications, found various instances where the notary public and the advocates put their seals and signatures even in certificates where there is no signature of the deponent, which is in violation of the laid-down rules.

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