Bharat Shah granted anticipatory bail in forgery case

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Mumbai, Oct 7 (UNI) Bombay High Court today granted anticipatory bail to diamond merchant and film financier Bharat Shah, along with his business partners, in a forgery case filed against them.

Justice B K Deshmukh, while granting conditional anticipatory bail directed him and other applicants to attend the local Goregaon police station every alternate day until October 17 and after that every week until the chargesheet is filed.

City-based Royal Palms Limited, a real-estate and hospitality group, had filed a complaint of forgery against Shah, Anup Mehta, and a few others in connection with a land deal.

''Dindoshi Sessions Court Justice rejected Shah and others' anticipatory bail applications on June 17, 2008. After that they moved the High Court,'' Advocate M K Dubey, Royal Palms' lawyer, said.

Shah has already filed a suit for possession of 50 acres in suburban Goregaon, which he claims Royal Palms group sold to him.

Royal Palms on the other hand claims that it was in talks with Shah for the sale of this land, but no formal agreement was ever reached.

It filed a complaint in Aarey Police station claiming that Shah forged a plan, purportedly made by architect and surveyor R V Jaykar, to bolster his case for possession. Jaykar never made this plan, claimed Royal Palms.

Inspector Vilas Sanap of Aarey police station had filed an affidavit in the High Court, opposing Shah and others' advance bail application, saying that investigation is on.

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