CBI officer deposes in fake passport case involving Salem
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 22:32
Hyderabad: A CBI Investigating Officer, who probed a fake passport case involving Abu Salem in Andhra Pradesh, Thursday told a local court that the extradited underworld don and two others, including actress Monica Bedi, impersonated to obtain the key travel document.

After the trial against the gangster for obtaining a passport on "fictitious" name in 2001 from Kurnool district began on June 18, the CBI Special Court here recorded the statement of Investigating Officer Vijay Sarathi, a prosecution witness.

In his deposition, Sarathi, who was part of the team that probed the case during 2002-03 said during the investigation he had examined prosecution witnesses and collected documents related to the case after visiting Kurnool, Hyderabad and also Mumbai.

"I collected the specimen signatures of the accused in the presence of independent witnesses. I verified the particulars/addresses mentioned in the disputed passports with the help of postal employees and forwarded the specimen signatures and hand-writings to the Government Examiner of Questioned Documents (GEQD) for scrutiny," he said.

Sarathi said by the time he handed over investigations to another CBI officer in October 2003, around 90 per cent of the probe had been completed. "After the investigation, I was of the opinion that Abu Salem impersonated as Ramil Kamil Malik and obtained a passport from the Regional Passport Office in Hyderabad," he told the court.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 22:32

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