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MEA man under scanner for issuing fake passports

The role of an External Affairs Ministry official is under Delhi Police’s scanner for having issued forged passports to Indians living there. The internal inquiry was conducted after nearly 20 passengers were deported from Delhi, who had got their passports from the Indian embassy in Washington DC.

delhi Updated: Apr 27, 2011 23:21 IST
Faizan Haider

The role of an External Affairs Ministry official is under Delhi Police’s scanner for having issued forged passports to Indians living there. The internal inquiry was conducted after nearly 20 passengers were deported from Delhi, who had got their passports from the Indian embassy in Washington DC.

“All passports were of J-series and all were signed by one person. So far 19 passengers carrying such passports have been deported,” said a senior officer of the Ministry of External Affairs on condition of anonymity. Sources say the police have asked the MEA to either investigate the matter further or to allow it to handle the matter.

According to the officer, the force has even written a letter to the ministry. “This is a serious threat for internal security and the ministry should investigate the role of officer posted in Washington. Since we have investigated the matter to a certain extent, the ministry should allow us to investigate the matter further,” the letter said.

“Deportation is very common. But when we found that passengers with passports from a single series and signed by the same officer are being deported frequently, we felt the need to investigate further. Most of them had been living in Washington for many years. Their Indian passport had expired,” said a senior police officer. The police suspects them of having left India on fake passports. And now they did not have a proper channel to renew them.

“Also the passports issued are scanned copies of someone else’s passport. The fraud was detected when immigration officials entered the passport number in their computers and found that the passport does not belong to the passenger carrying it,” the officer added.

When contacted, Delhi Police spokesperson refused to comment on the issue.