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Mumbai cops want to question envoy to Panama

The city police will soon summon India’s ambassador to Panama Vishnu Hade for questioning in connection with the issuance of passport to one of India’s biggest tax evader Hasan Ali Khan by the regional passport office against alleged forged documents.

mumbai Updated: Apr 21, 2011 01:29 IST
Debasish Panigrahi

The city police will soon summon India’s ambassador to Panama Vishnu Hade for questioning in connection with the issuance of passport to one of India’s biggest tax evader Hasan Ali Khan by the regional passport office against alleged forged documents.

An assistant passport officer from the regional passport office had disclosed Hade’s name during his questioning in this case. The officer allegedly told that he was forced to issue the passport to Hasan Ali after he received a call from Hade, requesting for the same. Hade, who was then posted as the regional passport officer at Worli, was his former boss and hence he could ill afford to refuse the request, the assistant passport allegedly told during questioning.

A source in the state home department told HT on Wednesday that Worli police station, which is investigating the passport forgery case against Hasan Ali, is in the process of writing to the Government of India for summoning Hade in this case.

Additional commissioner of police, central region, Vineet Agarwal told HT that Hade would be questioned. “There are issues with Hade (about his questioning) because he is India’s ambassador to Panama. The process is on,” Agarwal said.

The Worli police had arrested Hasan Ali on December 15, 2008, in a case of forgery, cheating and procuring passports by faking documents, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Indian Passport Act.

The case had been registered in February that year. Ali had allegedly told the police that he had lost his original passport, which had been issued by the Hyderabad regional passport office in 2006, while he was in England. Following this, a fresh passport had been given to him by the Indian High Commission’s office, with a one-year validity. Khan had allegedly traveled to several destinations in Switzerland and Canada with that passport, before finally applying for a fresh passport (renewal against the lost one) at the Pune passport office.

It was later found that he also had a passport issued by the Mumbai regional passport office and another by the passport office at Patna, both allegedly procured by submitting two sets of documents.

Recently, Mumbai police teams visited the passport office in Hyderabad and Patna to collect information in this connection. The charge sheet in the case is yet to be filed.