Landlords, who rent out their flats to foreigners without getting their antecedants verified by the foreigner registration office, may be sent to jail.
Delhi Police have found that many foreigners who have overstayed in the country without any valid documents are involved in criminal activities.
The police have now begun a drive against landlords who do not get their foreign tenants verified."Many foreigners have been found involved in crimes such as murder, drug trafficking and house thefts. In most of these cases, they had been staying illegally in the country. This drive will now keep an eye on most foreigners," said a senior police officer.
So far, the police have arrested three such landlords from west Delhi and got over 100 foreigners deported.
“Rules state that a landlord is required to get his tenant verified. If the tenant is a foreigner, he must get him registered with the Foreigner Regional registration Office (FRRO). Otherwise, action will be initiated against the landlord,” V Renganathan, additional CP (west) said.
“We hope this drive will act as a deterrent and that landlords will queue up to get their tenants verified and registered. The landlords who have been arrested have been booked under IPC Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant). We have also issued an order under Section 144 of the CrPC, asking property owners to get their tenants registered with police,” he added.
The accused landlords will be summoned by the court, which will decide on the quantum of the punishment, which can either be a two-month imprisonment or Rs. 200 fine or both.
The police have also begun this drive in south Delhi where many foreigners live.
“We have identified certain areas such as Lajpat Nagar, Amar Colony, Munirka, Tikal Nagar, Uttam Nagar and Vasant Vihar and begun the drive. The cooperation of landlords is a must if we want to put a check involvement of foreigners in crimes,” a senior police officer said.
A senior police officer of the southeast district said, “This area is home to a large floating population. We have been asking landlords to get their tenants verified, but the response hasn’t been good so far and we have been forced into take strict action.”