A team of the Delhi Police, headed by deputy commissioner of police, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), is in Washington DC, United States of America, to investigate the role of an officer of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) in a fake passport scam.
The Delhi Police unearthed the scam two months ago, after suspecting the role of an officer of the ministry posted in Washington.
The police had conducted an internal inquiry and arrested 23 passengers who got a passport from the Indian embassy in Washington.
"DCP RA Sanjeev, along with two other officers, is in Washington to investigate the matter. We had requested the MEA and ministry for home affairs (MHA) to allow us to investigate the matter. After their go ahead, a three member team was sent on August 14. It will be back in the first week of September,” said a senior police officer, who didn’t want to be named.
“The MEA officer is in India. The team has been sent to interrogate the connecting link. We also have to establish the link between the MEA mole and agents,” he added.
After an initial investigation, the police had submitted a report to MEA requesting them to either investigate the matter further or allow them to do so.
“We had given the details of the passports to MEA, after which they confirmed to us that the passengers were carrying fake passports,” he further said.
The passports were of J series and were signed by one person. The police initiated an inquiry after 19 passengers carrying the J series passports, signed by one officer were caught from the Delhi airport. Later, four more passengers were held.The police suspected the passengers had gone from India on a fake passport and so now they couldn’t go through a proper channel to renew them.
“Interestingly the fake passports are scanned copies of someone else’s passport. The J series passports originally belong to someone else and the fraud was detected when immigration officials entered the passport number in their computer and found that the passport that the passenger was carrying didn’t belong to him,” the officer added.