Mazgaon-based Javed Mozawalla, 28, in police custody now on espionage charges, first got involved with Pakistani agents as he wanted to speed up processing of the visa applications of his clients, according to sources in the Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police.
A local hand at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, identified as Yusuf, was Mozawalla’s initial contact, said the sources, who asked not to be identified as they are not authorized to speak to the media.
The sources told HT that following repeated rejection of the applications for visas to Pakistan from his clients, Mozawalla was looking for a way out.
This was when Yusuf approached him, Mozawalla has reportedly told his interrogators. Later, Yusuf facilitated a meeting of Mozawalla with two Pakistani officers, identified as ‘Colonel sahib’ and ‘Major sahib’. Mozawalla’s business was smooth thereafter.
Asked what they were doing about Ysuf, the sources said: “We are in no hurry. Once enough is gathered to link him to the case, he will be picked up.” The police have however, let off Mozawalla’s assistant in Mumbai after.
“The boy mostly used to deliver the packages Mozawalla sent to the High Commissioner’s office in New Delhi,” the sources said. These packages would contain CDs and photographs along with the passports of the Pakistan visa seekers.
“He was just doing his job without any knowledge about the contents in the packages,” sources said.