Mahsan Arshad, determined to marry his cousin, forged her signature to fake a wedding.
A crafty move by a man to marry his love sans her parents’ consent with a fake marriage arrangement with a qazi and friends landed the prospective groom and qazi in the police net.
Behind the bars are chief qazi Mohd Zaheeruddin, a mediator Mohd Basheeruddin, and the prospective bridegroom, Mohd Mahsan Arshad. Falaknuma police inspector M Hussaini Naidu unrolled the chronology of events for Postnoon.
Mahsan, 29, a resident of Brindavan Colony, Toli Chowki is into the construction business and has been in love with his uncle’s 21-year-old daughter.
Mohd Abdul Vasi, a resident of Ansari Road, is a civil contractor. Mahsan and his parents had recently approached Vasi seeking his consent to marry off her daughter to Mahsan. But Vasi was unwilling and said his nephew’s character remains much to be desired and he was not going to bless the alliance.
Sub-inspector Muthu Yadav, the investigating officer said, “Dejected but determined Mahsan allegedly plotted a plan to make a fake marriage certificate with the help of chief qazi of Sultan Bazaar Mohd Zaheeruddin and Mohd Basheer the mediator.”
On May 17 they ‘performed’ a marriage with a fake record and the girl’s consent in writing. Mahsan and his brother are said to have paid `8,000 to the qazi and `2000 to the mediator.
Last month, Mahsan submitted the consent to the Wakf board and took a marriage certificate, based on which Mahsan approached the High Court seeking its intervention to summon his ‘legally wedded wife.’ But when the ‘wife’ was ordered to be present in the Court she denied she ever signed the paper and also told the Court that she was willing to marry Vasi only if her parents gave their consent, or else, she did not want an alliance with Mahsan. She is alleged to have told the police that Mahsan seemed to be a psycho and she would go by her parents wishes.
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