Indian origin diplomat faces trial in UK
Sharad Ladva is facing trial for allegedly using his position to grant visas on false applications.india Updated: Jun 27, 2006 15:05 IST
A British diplomat of Indian origin is facing trial for allegedly using his position to grant visas on false applications and for speeding his Philippino mistress' visa for entry into Britain.
Diplomat Sharad Ladva, who is facing trial, was posted in Manila in July 1988 and returned to Britain after four years.
On his return to Britain, he allegedly lived with his mistress in a secret home and returned to his family for the weekends.
Ladva's mistress was one of several individuals he allegedly helped gain entry into Britain.
They included a conman who was given a 10-year visa who in turn made a fortune by helping others gain entry into Britain.
Reports say that the Southwark Crown Court was told that the British embassy official's dishonesty finally came to light when two of his colleagues in Manila blew the whistle on him. The ongoing case is expected to last for about four weeks.
They had earlier raised concerns but Ladva had overruled them. But after he returned to Britain, his colleagues conveyed their concerns to senior staff, who pursued the case. Ladva, however, has denied two counts of misconduct in a public office.
Amanda Pinto, prosecuting lawyer, told the court that Ladva's defendant was a diplomatic service officer who was first posted to Manila in July 1988.
During his four-year tour of duty, he was appointed "entry clearance manager" in the visa section.
Pinto said that during Ladva's 10 months of alleged dishonesty he "granted or had other people who worked for him to grant false visa applications.
In granting those applications, he assisted the applicants to gain entry to Britain.
"Had their applications been properly considered ... they would not have obtained visas".