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Court grants bail to forgery case accused

Man charged with helping a Sri Lankan national to fly to France on forged passport
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2010 10:55 AM IST

A man, charged with helping a Sri Lankan national to fly to France on a forged passport, has been granted bail by a Delhi court which said that he was just a pawn in the hands of other accused.

Additional Sessions Judge Neeraj Kumar Gupta granted relief to Syed Aweas, who was in judicial custody since February 24, on furnishing a personal and a surety bond of Rs
50,000 each.

The court also noted that there was no allegation that the accused was involved in any similar act in the past.

Aweas was apprehended from IGI airport here when he was accompanying Siva Rajah, a Sri Lankan national, who wanted to go to France.

According to the police, Rajah was travelling on a forged passport issued in the name of Gapal Samy Mani from Madurai. Rajah allegedly paid a sum of Rs 50,000 to one Ravi Kumar
for arranging the passport and sending him to France where his sister-in-law was residing. Aweas, who was accompanying Rajah to France, was to be paid a sum of Rs 40,000 as per the conspiracy hatched by Kumar, the police claimed.

"The main accused in the case is Rajah, his brother-in-law settled in France and Ravi Kumar and accused Aweas, though termed as carrier, was simply a pawn in the hand of Kumar and other," the court said.

It also noted that Aweas' passport was genuine and he was not accused of forging Rajah's travel documents.

Rajah and Siva were arrested when the former produced the forged passport before the immigration authorities here for the journey. Kumar is absconding.

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