The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday registered a case of cheating against the former Protector of Emigrants (POE) Amit Ranjan and four travel companies following a surprise check at the office of Protector of Emigrants (POE) office, sector 9.
The raid was conducted at the office last month on November 12. The office functions under Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. The CBI also carried a survey at the offices of the travel companies today. Four travel companies M/s KS International based in Sector 35, M/s Nishant Enterprises in Sector 34, M/s Bipasha travels in Jalandhar and M/s of JS International in Sector 33 have also been booked.
The case has been registered under relevant Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (Cheating), 467, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code and relevant Sections of the Emigration Act.
The sources in the CBI said during the surprise checks at POE they had recovered some files. The files revealed information about some travel companies which were working as recruiting agents for foreign employers.
They had taken immigration clearance from POE office by submitting fake documents for sending the employees abroad.
The files recovered from POE revealed that the immigration clearance on the basis of forged documents was taken in the year 2013.
The Superintendent of Police (SP) ACB, CBI Tarun Guaba said the case was registered following complaints. The preliminary investigations indicated irregularities after which case was registered.
The sources in the CBI said the travel agents, Ranjan and another official at the PoE office allegedly prepared fake and forged power of attorney, demand letter and specimen copy of the agreement of the foreign employers.
The forged documents were of applicants desiring to go to Saudi Arabia. PoE grants emigration clearance to the workers recruited by the Recruiting Agents (RA) after receiving and ascertaining the genuineness of documents. Documents of the unskilled labours are to be attested by the Indian Embassy in the employer county against a fee of Rs 800- Rs 1,000 per document. at least three documents are attested.