Mangaluru, Mar 21, 2016: A 25-year-old man from Udupi was convicted by the city VI Additional District and Sessions Court of forging documents and cheating a 20-year-old after promising the woman a job. The court, however, acquitted him of the charge of sexual harassment of the woman.
According to the charge-sheet by Moodbidri police, Mahesh Salian (25) got in touch with the woman, a second year BBM student of a college in Moodbidri, after she returned his missed call. He posed as a police sub-inspector and promised her of getting a job in reputed firm in Bengaluru. He took from her Rs. 1.5 lakh and also created a fake job offer.
The charge-sheet said that the girl was taken to Bengaluru on March 4, 2012 for a job interview where he had a physical relationship with her. He then told her that she cannot get the job because of the low marks. Mahesh Salian took her original SSLC marks card and then created a fake marks card that showed she had scored more marks. After realising that she has been duped, the girl filed a complaint of sexual harassment and cheating.
The then Police Inspector A.K. Thimmaiah arrested Mahesh Salian and filed the charge-sheet.
Prosecutor Judith O.M. Crasta examined 15 witnesses, including the victim. Apart from narrating the way she was duped, the victim told the court of the death of her parents following trauma over what had happened to her.
Terming the physical relationship as one between two consenting adults, Judge D.T. Puttarangaswamy acquitted Mahesh Salian of the charge of sexual harassment. The judge convicted Mahesh Salian under Sections 468 (forgery) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code. The judge is yet to pronounce punishment.