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Indian jailed in Singapore

Chinnadurai Govindaraj has been jailed for trying to flee from Singapore on a fake passport.

india Updated: Dec 28, 2006 14:11 IST

An Indian national was jailed for 15 months and sentenced to three strokes of the cane after trying to flee Singapore on a fake passport when accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl, a report said Thursday.

Chinnadurai Govindaraj, 36, was punished for both offences.

A district court heard Wednesday how Chinnadurai was stopped by an immigration officer at the Woodlands Checkpoint while trying to enter Malaysia on Nov 24, The Straits Times said.

He presented an Indian passport, but the officer spotted signs that Chinnadurai's photograph was tacked onto it. He admitted buying the passport for 1,000 Singapore dollars ($645 US).

Chinnadurai told the officer he wanted to leave because he was under investigation for molesting the daughter of a friend.

The court heard that he had turned up at the friend's apartment for dinner. While watching television, he molested the girl.

The youngster told her parents after Chinnadurai left the apartment.

In pleading for leniency, Chinnadurai said he had to return to India to look after his aged mother and 6-year-old daughter.