Following the Punjab and Haryana high court notice in a contempt case, the station house officer of Baradari police station in Jalandhar has sought orders from a Jalandhar court for conducting a probe against former Punjab minister Avtar Henry for filing a false affidavit and concealing his British nationality.
This has been revealed by Gaurav Yadav, then commissioner of police, Jalandhar, in his affidavit filed in the high court registry in the case filed by Ajay Sehgal.
Yadav has also mentioned that the case regarding commission of offence under the Passport Act had been taken up by the Jalandhar passport office with the union ministry of external affairs.
The high court on March 13 had issued a contempt notice to Yadav for not registering an FIR against Henry for possessing a British citizenship, and getting an Indian passport after changing his name and contesting elections in India by concealing the British citizenship.
However, Yadav had earlier informed the court that he had made a request to the regional deputy director, urban local government-cum-returning officer, Jalandhar north, to initiate legal action against Henry in the case as the offence was non-cognisable and it was difficult to register an FIR. But the competent authority could launch prosecution, Yadav had said.
However, the latter had declined to initiate prosecution stating that Henry's revision petition was pending before the revisional authority of the home ministry. The revision petition was filed against the orders of the home ministry's undersecretary of August 16, 2012, deciding that Henry had ceased to be an Indian citizen since 1969, when he obtained British citizenship and passport under the name of Avtar Singh.