A 42-year-old Nigerian national has been sentenced to four-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) by a local court for visiting India on a forged passport and continuing his stay in the country in 2011.
John Ashanti alias Akeem Lanre Shonubare,who is into garment export business,was also imposed a penalty of Rs 3,000 by additional sessions judge Vinay Joshi.
The court sentenced him to four-year RI under Section 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating). However,he was acquitted for possessing counterfeit currency notes.
Shonubare was detained by the local crime branch of Government Railway Police (GRP) at Pune railway station on July 12,2011 when he was about to board a train to Jammu.
When we arrested Shonubare he produced a colour photocopy of the passport purportedly issued by Republic of Ghana. He told us that he was a resident of Ghana and his name was John Ashanti. We seized a laptop,Rs 2,530 and an identity card of the All India Nigerian Students Association from him, said assistant police inspector R R Shelake.
His travel bag carried a courier sent from United Kingdom which had an iron locker with electronic keyboard.
According to the chargesheet,the locker contained 18 bundles of US dollars of 100 denomination,a plastic bottle containing yellowish liquid,a paper with photo of US dollar,and documents containing instructions on how to use the liquid.
It also contained papers from United States Aid For International Development Federal Reserve Board Department & Treasury,PMB,Washington DC.
The bundles were kept in a transparent plastic bag with notes on the outside resembling US dollars and plain papers in between the bundle. All the dollars had same serial number,said the chargesheet.