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NRIs jailed for bogus weddings

Jaswinder Gill and her husband Darshan arranged scores of sham weddings for #10,000 a time, reports Vijay Dutt.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 08:09 IST
Vijay Dutt
Vijay Dutt

An Indian-origin couple who had turned their home into a marriage factory for Indian men waiting to skip immigration procedures has been jailed and slapped hefty fines by a UK court.

Jaswinder Gill, 43 and her husband Darshan, 42, arranged scores of sham weddings for £10,000 a time.

They ran their highly lucrative business from their home in west London between 2000 and 2004, netting around £1 million.

Their modus operandi was to dupe young British Asian girls into flying to India by offering lucrative contracts for modelling bridal wear. But once there the women found themselves marrying strangers desperate to come to Britain.

Only few dared refuse. One that did was left in a hotel with two men who threatened her with rape unless she cooperated. The men paid up to £14,000 to the Gills. The girls got just £1000.

But then detectives got on to their act and identified at least 15 bogus marriages performed by the couple. It is believed that many more marriages were staged by the duo.

It was also found that the couple had transferred £496,000 to India. The police found £250,000 in Jawinder's account.

A Crown court has now jailed Jaswinder for 10 years while Darshan, who was under her influence, got six years. It also ordered the confiscation of £849,000 from Jaswinder. She faces a further four years in jail if she fails to pay the £850,000 within 18 months. Darshan faces an extra two years if he does not pay up in the same period.

First Published: Apr 08, 2006 00:59 IST