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Illegal Indian immigrant jailed in UK, to be deported

world Updated: Jul 10, 2009 14:34 IST

An illegal immigrant from India, caught with fake identification document, has been jailed for 12 months in Leicester and will be deported after completing his sentence.

Kahjan Sandhu, 29, was arrested after police raided his home in May. He had arrived in the UK two years ago in the back of a lorry.

At the Leicester Crown Court, prosecuting lawyer Sarah-Jane Solomon said he hoped to find "lucrative" work in order to send cash back home to his family, but only managed to find a series of low-paid jobs.

Solomon said the fake Home Office identification card was a "particularly bad" forgery.

She said: "It would have been used to confirm the holder was legally in this country."

The card, which carried the false name Kahjan Singh, was found in a drawer at his home in Leicester.

Sally Bamford, defending lawyer, said Sandhu's story was "sadly familiar".

She said: "He arrived in this country for economic purposes. Back home, he was unable to sustain his wife, children and elderly parents. His extended family helped fund his trip here so he could obtain lucrative work".