HC grants bail to 2 Sri Lankans who tried to fly us­ing fake do­cus

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent ht­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The Bom­bay high court (HC) re­cently granted bail to two Sri Lankan na­tion­als, re­sid­ing in In­dia as refugees since 2009, af­ter they tried to mi­grate to Europe with bo­gus doc­u­ments like In­dian pass­ports and Bri­tish visa.

Jus­tice PD Naik also granted bail to Chen­nai-based travel agent Ka­malam­o­han Na­gara­jah, who ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, was the pur­ported mas­ter­mind and had pre­pared all the fake doc­u­ments for send­ing the Sri Lankan na­tion­als — San­thaku­mar Alan San­jit and Suren­thar Mo­hanathasan — to the United King­dom (UK).

On April 30, 2018, the two Sri Lankans en­tered the im­mi­gra­tion hall of the Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Ma­haraj In­ter­na­tional Ter­mi­nus and ex­changed board­ing passes with two Ger­man na­tion­als, who had al­ready com­pleted im­mi­gra­tion pro­ceed­ings for de­part­ing to London.

While the Ger­man na­tion­als boarded a do­mes­tic flight and left the air­port, the two Sri Lankans pro­ceeded to board a flight to London with the board­ing passes they got from the Ger­man na­tion­als. The duo, how­ever, was caught dur­ing the last-minute im­mi­gra­tion check at the air­port, af­ter the im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers no­ticed that al­most all their doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing some stamps of the im­mi­gra­tion depart­ment on their doc­u­ments, were bo­gus.

Their in­ter­ro­ga­tion re­vealed Na­gara­jah’s in­volve­ment in the en­tire episode. The Sri Lankans were ap­pre­hended im­me­di­ately on the same day, af­ter the Sa­har Air­port po­lice sta­tion reg­is­tered an of­fence against them un­der sec­tions 370, 465, 468, 471, 511, 419, 420 and 34 of the In­dian Pe­nal Code and un­der sec­tion 12(1)(b) of the Passport Act.

Na­gara­jah was later ar­rested from Chen­nai and brought to Mum­bai.

The Ger­man na­tion­als, who are also of Sri Lankan ori­gin, later re­vealed to the po­lice that Na­gara­jah had sent sev­eral people to Europe in this man­ner. Jus­tice Naik granted bail to the trio pri­mar­ily in view of the fact that they are be­hind bars since May 2018. Since the charge-sheet is filed, their cus­tody is no longer re­quired for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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