Delhi Police busts fake visa racket, five detained

Last Updated: Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 19:29

New Delhi: Police today claimed to have
busted a racket involved in obtaining visas through fraudulent
means with the arrest of five persons including a Spanish
national.

Anand Malkani, Upkar Singh, Satish Rattu and Maxaon Tito,
all residents of Delhi, were caught from Lajpat Nagar on
December 17 while Spanish national Gerardo Morante Mendez was
arrested the next day, police said.

Twelve passports, two laptops, one visa sticker, a Santro
car and some other "incriminating" documents were seized from
them, they said.

The racket allegedly used to assist migration of Indian
nationals to Spain and other European countries by providing
them `Schengen visa` obtained through fraudulent means.

Tito used to lure people aspiring to migrate to Spain or
European countries while Rattu used to prepare forged
documents. Malkani was leader of the racket and he coordinated
with Spanish national Gerardo, who obtained the visas on the
basis of forged documents through a diplomat in Spanish
Embassy, a senior police officer said.

He, however, clarified that there was "nothing so far" to
suggest the Spanish official (diplomat) was also part of the
racket or was even aware of the fact that Geraldo was
obtaining `Schengen visa` through him by fraudulent means.

Investigation is on to ascertain how many visas the gang
procured from the Spain Embassy by fraudulent means. Efforts
are also on to identify and locate the people who got the
visas through the racket, the officer said.

Preliminary probe has revealed that the racket was
operating for the last seven years in various parts of the
country, especially Punjab, police said.

Delhi Police busts fake visa racket, five detained

New Delhi: Police today claimed to have
busted a racket involved in obtaining visas through fraudulent
means with the arrest of five persons including a Spanish
national.

Anand Malkani, Upkar Singh, Satish Rattu and Maxaon Tito,
all residents of Delhi, were caught from Lajpat Nagar on
December 17 while Spanish national Gerardo Morante Mendez was
arrested the next day, police said.

Twelve passports, two laptops, one visa sticker, a Santro
car and some other "incriminating" documents were seized from
them, they said.

The racket allegedly used to assist migration of Indian
nationals to Spain and other European countries by providing
them `Schengen visa` obtained through fraudulent means.

Tito used to lure people aspiring to migrate to Spain or
European countries while Rattu used to prepare forged
documents. Malkani was leader of the racket and he coordinated
with Spanish national Gerardo, who obtained the visas on the
basis of forged documents through a diplomat in Spanish
Embassy, a senior police officer said.

He, however, clarified that there was "nothing so far" to
suggest the Spanish official (diplomat) was also part of the
racket or was even aware of the fact that Geraldo was
obtaining `Schengen visa` through him by fraudulent means.
Investigation is on to ascertain how many visas the gang
procured from the Spain Embassy by fraudulent means. Efforts
are also on to identify and locate the people who got the
visas through the racket, the officer said.
Preliminary probe has revealed that the racket was
operating for the last seven years in various parts of the
country, especially Punjab, police said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 19:29

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