Living in Thane,Pak citizen gets driving licence from Pune RTO

DCP (FRO) Rajendra Mane said,“We are filing an offence against Tekwani,under sections 14b of Foreigners Act at the Bund Garden police station today itself.

Written by Chandan Haygunde | Pune | Published: December 7, 2013 4:15 am

The Foreigner’s Registration Office (FRO) of Pune police has registered an offence against a Pakistan national Mahesh Bhoolchand Tekwani (26),who was found to have procured a driving licence from the Regional Transport Office (RTO),Pune,while he was not allowed to move out of Thane district.

DCP (FRO) Rajendra Mane said,“We are filing an offence against Tekwani,under sections 14b of Foreigners Act at the Bund Garden police station today itself. Tekwani came to India on a long-term visa (LTV) of three years in June 2011 and had registered with the Thane police. He was not allowed to come to Pune without permission from the government. But still he procured a driving licence from the Pune RTO in August 2011.”

After an RTI application filed by The Indian Express,the Pune RTO has sought details about Tekwani. As per the information given by FRO to the RTO,Tekwani is from Karachi,Pakistan. He came to India on June 28,2011,and was residing in Ulhasnagar after registering with Thane police. He officially registered with the Pune police on October 2,a national holiday. The Pune RTO issued a driving licence to Tekwani on August 2,2011,on an address in Koregaon Park.

Thepolice is yet to quiz Tekwani,who is in the city. Sources Tekwani is not involved in any anti-national activities. He has procured a PAN card on a Pimpri-Chinchwad address and has an account in Axis Bank,Wanavdi. In his C-form,Tekwani has stated his purpose of visit to India as “permanent settlement”.

RTO issues notice,his application missing

The Pune RTO has issued a notice against Tekwani,asking him to be present within seven days for inquiry about his driving licence. If not,the RTO will take steps to cancel his driving licence. Meanwhile,the application and other documents submitted by Tekwani at Pune RTO for driving licence are still missing.

Details related to the driving licences issued by Pune RTO between August 1 and August 10,2011 were sought under the RTI Act. Records on RTO’s computer system revealed that Tekwani licence was issued on August 2. But,when asked for the photocopies of the documents submitted by Tekwani,the RTO staff launched searches in a godown. Some vehicle documents and driving licences were found lying outside the godown.

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