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Katara aide names two more MPs in human trafficking

His aide tells the court that Mohammed Tahir Khan and Ramswaroop Koli were also involved in the racket.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2007 01:38 IST

The arrest of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Babubhai Katara on the charge of running a human trafficking racket has opened a can of worms as one of his aides on Saturday named two more MPs in the scam.

Sunder Lal Yadav, a travel agent who was arrested on Saturday morning along with Rajendra Kumar Gampa and their female accomplice Kiran, told in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau that Mohammed Tahir Khan and Ramswaroop Koli were also involved in the racket.

Khan is Bahujan Samaj Party MP from Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, while Koli of the BJP represents Bayana, Rajasthan.

The court sent Yadav to three-day police custody while Gampa was sent to five-day police custody. Kiran was remanded to judicial custody till May 4.

While Gampa, a part-time office assistant of Katara, was held on charges of forging documents and passports, Yadav was charged with arranging the visas, police said.

Katara, MP from Dahod in Gujarat, was arrested at the airport in New Delhi on Wednesday just before he was to board a Toronto flight with Paramjeet Kaur and 15-year-old Amarjit Singh. The two were travelling on the passports of the MP's wife and son.

Police alleged that Katara had helped other women immigrate illegally in the past.

Kiran was allegedly involved in giving "training" to such women. "She taught women how to carry themselves while travelling with MPs," a police official said.

He said police teams were sent to several states including Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab to probe various aspects of the case and more arrests were likely.

Paramjeet Kaur, wife of a US-based expatriate, was Thursday sent to police custody for five days while Amarjit was sent to juvenile remand home.

First Published: Apr 21, 2007 19:06 IST