New Delhi, April 21: A television actress-Indu Verma-has been sentenced to three years rigorous imprisonment in a forgery case of 1996.
She was directed by the Metropolitan Magistrate, Lovleen, to pay up Rs 20 lakh to her previous employer, Thomas Cook India Private Limited. She was held for cheating, forgery, impersonating and misappropriation of cheques.
Verma, 42, impersonated as Shivani Arora, and bought jewellery worth Rs 17.5 lakhs from a shop between September 6, 1996, and October 3, 1996. She used forged cheques belonging to her previous employer to buy the jewellery.
The court said,"It is apparent that the convict (Indu Verma) has not only acted against the interests of an employer but also caused it loss to the tune of Rs 17.50 lakh. The convict's conduct does not deserve any leniency."
She has been asked by the court to furnish a bond of Rs 20,000 with one surety of the same. Verma has been provided interim relief and has been exempted off a month's time so that she could file an appeal.