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Illegal Indian immigrant jailed in Britain

world Updated: May 20, 2008 12:25 IST

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An illegal Indian immigrant, who paid 5,000 pounds for a fake passport stamp to enable him to stay in the UK, has been found guilty and sentenced to eight months in jail.

Judge Michael Challinor of the Wolverhampton Crown Court told Sarbjeet Padda, the accused: "The integrity of the passport system must be maintained.

"The public are rightly concerned individuals are entering illegally and staying with false documentation."

Padda, 51, who is reported to be a father of three children, was living in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. He admitted to possessing false identification documentation and now faces the prospect of deportation to India.

Philip Brunt, prosecuting lawyer, said Padda came to the UK from New Delhi via Norway with a valid Indian passport.

Padda then met a contact at a temple in the West Midlands who gave a false stamp in his passport, ostensibly entitling him indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Michael Duck, defending lawyer, said: "It is a very sad case. The family are also now at risk of deportation as they have come to the attention of the Home Office."