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'Fraud' firm aids J&K VIPs' Haj trip

A minister, a senior law officer and a police officer of the state are apparently flying to Saudi Arabia for Haj using the services of a company that has been booked for fraud. Peerzada Ashiq reports.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2011 23:36 IST
Peerzada Ashiq

A minister, a senior law officer and a police officer of the state are apparently flying to Saudi Arabia for Haj using the services of a company that has been booked for fraud.

Hajeej India Hospitality Private Ltd has allegedly duped 500 people who deposited money with them for Haj. The company has collected over Rs 8 crore from them but failed to provide them with any travel documents.

The company, however, created a list of 50 influential clients who would make the trip and availed 50 visas for the purpose.

A copy of the list in possession of HT shows the names of senior Congress leader and public health engineering minister Taj Mohi-u-din, his wife Amina Taj; additional advocate general Ali Muhammad Magray and his wife Abida Kounsar; inspector general of police (Railways) Farooq Ahmad and his wife Khalida Khan.

They would be flying to Mumbai on Tuesday and take the flight to Jeddah from there.

"Taj sahib is leaving tomorrow. He is using the services of Hajeej," Congress secretary Muhammad Sultan told HT.

He would be back on November 12. The duped Haj aspirants had hit the streets of downtown Srinagar in protest on Friday. Around 30 of them filed complaints with the police, after which a case was lodged.

"The company owner, Abdul Wahid Gilkar, was arrested on Sunday," said superintendent of police Showket Hussain. He has been booked for cheating and fraud.

"We are looking for his sons Arslan and Fabiyan," said Hussain. "We suspect Fabiyan is in Delhi. A lookout notice was issued today and a police team was sent to Delhi to arrest him."

Each Haj aspirant has paid between Rs 1.20 lakh and Rs 1.60 lakh for the pilgrimage.

"I was promised to be taken to Saudi Arabia on November 1," said one of the aspirants. "Influential people are putting pressure on police to go slow in the case."