Three NRIs arrested by Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the infamous 2008 Moga passport scandal have been allowed to leave the country as all three furnished surety bonds of Rs 25 lakh each three days ago. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had ordered they will have to return within four months, and also furnish bail bonds before Faridkot district and sessions court.
The NRIs identified as Shamsher Singh of Jalandhar, Amandeep Singh of Gurdaspur and Manjinder Singh of Kapurthala districts were granted permission by the high court to visit and stay with their families for a maximum period of four months.
The high court had also directed them to furnish surety bonds of Rs 25 lakh each in the court of additional district and sessions judge and that they must return to India within four months.
The SIT arrested all the three accused from Indira Gandhi International Airport in January on the alleged charges of producing fake passports with fake documents and fake addresses in connivance the kingpins of the passport scandal -- policemen then posted in SSP office.
The accused, who were in judicial custody, moved the high court for the release of their passports so that they could go back to their families in Germany and United Kingdom.
They pleaded that pending the trial in the passport scam, their families need their support.
In this infamous fake passport scam, police had so far arrested 84 people, including policemen, postmen, regional passport office employees and travel agents.