The Rajasthan High Court has upheld a lower court's decision to sentence a Pakistani national to 10-year rigorous imprisonment on the charges of spying and indulging in anti-national activities.
Justice Mahesh Chanda Sharma dismissed the criminal revision petition filed by Jeeshaan Aalam alias Mohammad Aslam of Pakistan yesterday, who was arrested by the state police in 2001, observing that he was involved in anti-national activities.
The court was informed that he was guilty of impersonation for spying in India at the instance of Pakistan and that he had also received financial aid from one of his sisters in England.
The accused had obtained fake Indian passport, ration card among other documents through fraudulent means in Delhi, claiming to be Mohammad Aslam of Allahabad.
Jeeshaan is undergoing a 10-year rigorous imprisonment term for these offences. He was apprehended on the basis of a secret information from Jodhpur.
He first arrived in India in February 2001 and stayed in Delhi for three months where he obtained his fake identity-proofs with the help of an accomplice.
After getting his passport, he moved to Jodhpur in May from where he was arrested in December 2001.
Considering the grave nature of his offences and his involvement in anti-national activities, the court turned down sympathetic consideration of his revision petition and upheld the 10-year RI awarded to him.