The trial of underworld don Abu Salem in a fake passport case registered in Andhra Pradesh commenced in a special CBI court in Hyderabad on Thursday.
During proceedings, Abdul Gaffar, the first prosecution witness in the case told the court that he had filled up passport applications of Salem, Bollywood actress Monica Bedi and Salem's wife Zamera Zumani.
Gaffar, a private employee and working as a clerk in a factory at Kurnool, said one Hameed, a passport agent, handed over the applications to him along with Salem's ration card and details of his account opened in a nationalised bank.
He said he had filled up the application forms on the basis of information given by Hameed, a native of Kurnool, who is still at large.
Gaffar told the court that only after reading a newspaper report in 2002, he came to know that passports issued to the persons, whose photos were affixed in the applications using names and addresses in Kurnool town, were fake.
He identified his handwriting and signatures in the passport applications of the trio before the special judge for CBI cases, V Raghunatha Rao.
Later, Gaffar was cross-examined by defence counsel Pradeep Kumar.