Pakistani spy case: Bailable warrant against MHA official

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 27, 2014 16:38 IST

Considering failure of under secretary of ministry of home affairs (MHA) to appear before the court despite summons, chief judicial magistrate Anubhav Sharma on Monday issued bailable warrant against the under secretary to ensure his presence on the next date of hearing in connection with case registered against Pakistani spy Kasif Ali.

Varinder Kumar, under secretary with the MHA, is required to prove the prosecution sanction given by him to prosecute Kasif Ali who is a Pakistani national. According to rules, in order to initiate criminal proceedings against a foreign national approval has to be taken from the MHA. The next hearing of the case will be on June 5.

Kasif Ali, a resident of Zulfiqar Colony in Faislabad, Pakistan, was arrested from Sector 44 in July 2010 along with Gurpinder Singh, Jagdish Kumar, Kulwinder Singh and Anand Kumar, who helped him with fake documents, including PAN card, voter ID card and passport and helping him to live in India with a fake identity.

Kasif had been living under a fake identity as Pawan Kumar in a rented accommodation in the city since 2008 and passing information about India’s national security to his handlers in Pakistan. Kasif, who worked as a hiring agent dealing with property, had claimed to be a resident of Pitampura, Delhi. The police also recovered certain incriminating documents relating to the Indian Army and a digital camera from him.

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