Visa fraud- CBI conducted searches in Patiala, Gurdaspur, Jammu, Delhi; registers case against six accused
Kanwar Inder Singh/ royalpatiala.in
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against 06 private persons including two, earlier working in Visa Department of Embassy of France, New Delhi and others on allegations of Visa Fraud in Embassy of France, New Delhi. It was alleged that the two accused working in Visa Department of Embassy of France, New Delhi, conspired with others and perpetrated a visa fraud during the period from 01.01.2022 to 06.05.2022. It was further alleged that in pursuance to the said criminal conspiracy, applicants from Punjab & Jammu submitted fake & forged letters purportedly written by a private company based at Bengaluru to the Consulate General of France, Bengaluru for issuing Entry Visas, for their joining private companies in Port-Le-Havre, France. On being approached by the applicants the said two officials in Visa Department of Embassy allegedly issued Entry Visas in favour of three other accused after taking illegal gratification @ Rs. 50,000/- per Visa, without the knowledge and approval of the Head of Visa Department, Embassy of France, New Delhi. It was also alleged that after issuance of Entry Visa, the said two officials displaced/destroyed the documents/files from the Visa Department.
During the period of five months, several files were allegedly handled by these accused which mostly pertain to individuals i.e. young farmers or unemployed people from Punjab who had not earlier travelled. It was further alleged that during the said period, the accused had perpetrated fraud of huge amount in Visa Department of the Embassy.
Searches were conducted on December 16,2022 at 06 locations including at Delhi, Patiala, Gurdaspur & Jammu at the premises of accused. Incriminating documents/articles including laptop, mobile phones, suspicious passports etc. have so far been recovered.
Visa fraud- CBI conducted searches in Patiala, Gurdaspur, Jammu, Delhi; registers case against six accused . Investigation is continuing.