A local court convicted a 28-year-old Pakistani national, Kashif Ali, on spying and cheating charges on Thursday. The court, presided over by chief judicial magistrate Anubhav Sharma, also pronounced a 35-year-old Delhi resident, Anand Kumar, guilty of being an accomplice by abetting and aiding Ali to procure false identity documents that enabled the latter to reside in the city for over two years.
About 50 witnesses were crossexamined in the case. Sentencing for both convicts has been set for Friday.
However, the court acquitted the three co-accused — Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Sector 66, SAS Nagar, Gurpinder Singh of Sector 47, Chandigarh and Jagdish Kumar of Phase 4, SAS Nagar. The three men, who worked as “passport agents” and were arrested outside the city’s Regional Passport Office (RPO), had also assisted Ali in obtaining fake ID papers.
In July 2010 the UT police’s crime branch apprehended Kashif Ali after intercepting his vehicle at a checkpost in Sector 44, Chandigarh and booked him for cheating, criminal conspiracy along with offences under the Official Secrets Act and Foreigners Act.
Ali had been residing at a rented flat in Sector 44 for over two years and had been allegedly passing on classified information on national security to handlers in Pakistan. He lived under the fake identity of Pawan Kumar, claiming he was a resident of Pitampura in Delhi, and worked as a property agent.
HAD A DRIVER’S LICENCE, VOTER IDs AND PAN CARDS
The police also recovered an Indian drivers licence, a voter ID card and even an income tax PAN card at his flat, all procured by submitting forged documents. The licence was issued by a zonal office of the Delhi transport department and the voter ID card had a Chandigarh address. Besides, a high school certificate issued by the PSEB and a receipt issued by the RPO, Chandigarh, were also found.
ENTERED VIA NEPAL
Police claim Ali had entered India through Nepal. He stayed in New Delhi and Bikaner before going to Chandigarh.
RECEIVED WEAPONS TRAINING
Ali received weapons training in Pakistan. He was allegedly gathering vital information related to the Indian army’s Western Command headquarters at Chandimandir and the Air Force Statio and was passing it on to his handlers in Pakistan.