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'Katara obtained six passports for 3 kids'

delhi Updated: Jul 20, 2007 19:20 IST
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Suspended BJP MP Babubhai Katara had allegedly obtained six passports for his "children" though he is a father of only three, says a chargesheet filed against him by police in connection with the human trafficking case.

Katara pasted the photographs of persons who were unrelated to him on the passports obtained for his "children" and these were used for smuggling two children out of the country, police alleged in the chargesheet filed in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau.

"This shows the mens rea (intention) for using the passports for the purpose other than genuine ones like illegal human trafficking," it said, adding three passports were allegedly obtained by Katara for non-existent and fictitious persons.

The 46-year-old MP has three children -- Bhavesh, Gayatri and Amit -- whereas three passports were procured by him from the Delhi Regional Passport Office in the names of "Rakesh, Rajesh and Priya", who he said were his offspring, police claimed.

On the basis of investigators by the crime branch, the chargesheet accused the MP of cheating the government by making "false declarations" and submitting "false documents" to get the passports.

All these passports were issued on a 'tatkal' (emergency) basis and Katara reportedly enclosed with the applications photocopies of his diplomatic passport and that of his wife as well as electricity bills, police alleged in their chargesheet filed on July 16.