CBI smashes passport racket, arrests four officials
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 09, 2010, 22:08
New Delhi: The CBI has smashed a passport racket being run from the Madurai and Chennai passport offices and arrested four officials for allegedly issuing travel papers on the basis of "forged" documents.

It has also arrested some touts in this connection.

In the first case, CBI has arrested Geeta Bai, Assistant Passport Officer, Regional Passport Office, Madurai and her colleagues P Durairaj and Anbalagan.

In a similar case, the CBI arrested P Murugan, an official of the Regional Passport Office, Chennai.

The arrests were made after the agency conducted simultaneous surprise checks at Madurai and Chennai passport offices regarding issuing of passports to individuals based on "forged and fabricated" documents allegedly in connivance with the passport officials and touts.

"During surprise check at Regional Passport Office, Madurai, various incriminating documents were recovered. It is alleged that Assistant Passport Officer and two Assistants of Passport Office, Madurai entertained applications for fresh Tatkal passports based on false and forged documents through touts and allowed to issue passports on these fabricated documents," a CBI spokesperson said.

"The forged documents related to birth, caste, transfer, educational qualifications and residential proofs," the spokesperson said.


First Published: Tuesday, February 09, 2010, 22:08

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