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Fake degree case: Accused Muhammad Shafique awarded seven-year sentence

MUZAFFARABAD:    (Parliament Times)     The AJK Accountability Bureau (AB) gave its judgment in the case of fake degrees against Muhammad Shafique S/o Molvi Muhammad Sharif giving him seven and four years sentence and one lakh rupees fine.

The accused was working as Line Superintendent in the electricity department. One Muhammad Akram complained in AJK AB that accused Muhammad Sharif was in fact a matriculate third division with Arts but he got a fake three years’ diploma in electrical.

The AB investigated into the matter and found that the accused obtained a fake diploma to get the job in electricity department. The accused was arrested and a reference was filed against him. The accountability court Muzaffarabad gave seven years sentence to the accused on being proven guilty and fined him one lakh rupees.

Muhammad Shafique appealed to the AJK high court against the punishment of AB Muzaffarabad. The HC ordered the accountability court to hear the case anew. After hearing the witnesses and in the light of the record of the accused the court again gave its judgement giving the accused 7 years’ punishment and fifty thousand rupees fine and under section 11 AB act four years sentence was given to the accused. In the event of non payment of fine Mr. Shafique would face one more years’ punishment.

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