SC quashes allegations against Sasikala Pushpa regarding forged documents

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed documents relating to allegations on AIADMK MLA Sasikala Pushpa Ramaswamy for forging documents related to anticipatory bail. The court also granted her bail in two other cases.

In a relief to the AIADMK MLA from Tamil Nadu Sasikala Pushpa, the SC set aside all allegations against her and granted bail.

“Since the disputed version in the vakalatnama appears to be an inadvertent mistake with no intention to make misrepresentation, in our view, the direction of the High Court to lodge a criminal complaint against the appellants cannot be sustained and the same is liable to be set aside,” a bench of chief justices including R Banumathi and S Abdul Nazeer said.

“In the facts and circumstances of the present case, in our view, no useful purpose would be served by proceeding with the criminal prosecution against the appellants. Without further going into the merits of the case, we quash the FIR in Crime No.1331/2016 and also quash the charge sheet pending before the concerned Magistrate”.

“The FIR and the charge sheet are quashed only in the facts and circumstances of the present case and to meet the ends of justice. It is made clear that taking advantage of quashing of the case, the appellants shall not resort to any further consequential proceedings,” the bench said.

“The appellants are granted anticipatory bail in Crime No.276/2016 which shall hold good till the disposal of the criminal case. So far as quashing of criminal case in Crime No.276/2016, the appellants are at liberty to approach the High Court and the High Court shall consider the same on its own merits,” it added.

Sasikala Pushpa Ramaswamy has held the position of mayor  of Thoothukudi Corporation from 2011-2014 and was elected to the Rajya Sabha on April 2014. She was also a member of the committee on Human resources Development from September 2014.

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