The mystery over the arrest of Poulomi Pavini Shukla, daughter of senior IAS officer Pradeep Shukla — an accused in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam in Uttar Pradesh—for travelling on a forged visa to the US is getting murkier. The police now suspect the hand of Shukla’s rival behind the ‘mischief’.
Sources said Pavini was carrying an original visa, which was valid till 2019, and had filled the same details in her departure form.
Police said there are chances that Shukla’s rival had pasted the forged visa to frame her and that she was completely unaware of it.
“A student of mathematics at Pennsylvania University in Philadelphia, USA, Pavini had the original visa pasted on the passport and filled the same details in departure form. The family claims that the passport, on which the forged visa was found, was recently issued and there are chances that her friend, who had visited her at her Noida house, might have pasted it,” a senior police officer said on condition of anonymity.
Police said that the biggest problem is the family is unable to name the suspects.
“She was in the possession of that passport and so technically she is responsible for it. If she can tell us the details of any possible suspect, we can investigate the matter and it will help clear the sequence of events,” the officer added.
Pavini was to travel to New York by an Air India flight and the visa was issued on January 9. The visa on the passport was a photocopy of the original and the dates were changed.
She was carrying two passports, one which expired and the other one issued in August 2012.
Her old passport had travel stamps of various countries but the new one only had this visa, which was found to be forged by the immigration authorities.
“This means she has travelled abroad on several occasions and was well aware of the difference between original and forge visa. It appears she hasn’t done it on her own,” the officer added.