Tuesday, January 24, 2006, RAIPUR:
A court here has issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani and a company employee in a case of forgery related to a Reliance mobile holder’s complaint of being charged excess billing.
Satyabhama Jaiswal, additional chief judicial magistrate, issued the non-bailable warrants against Ambani and Vinod Kumar Singh, Raipur circle manager of Reliance Telecom Ltd, Monday in the two-year-old forgery case in which the company was accused of excess billing by Reliance mobile subscriber Parasmal Chauradia of Raipur’s Gurihari area.
Mukhesh Ambani was the chairman of Reliance Telecom Ltd at the time.
The court had issued arrest warrant under Section 420, 465, (punishment for forgery), Section 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 474 of the Indian Penal Code, and fixed March 20 as next date of hearing.
Giving details, the petitioner’s counsel Diwakar Sinha told newspersons Tuesday that his client received extra bills for his mobile phone regularly and moved the court after Reliance Telecom local officials tuned down his repeated complaints in 2003 and 2004.
Finally, Chauradia moved the Raipur consumer forum in 2004. Reliance officials produced some documents at the forum. It was later found that the signatures on the documents submitted by the company did not actually belong to Chauradia.