A CBI special court on Tuesday acquitted all the six accused in 1999 immigration racket involving the then immigration official posted at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad. One of the acquitted — Atul Barot — happens to be the brother former BJP minister Bharat Barot.
In the 1999, the Central Bureau of Investigation officials had busted the alleged racket of people travelling abroad on bogus passports. Atul Barot was working at the Ahmedabad airport as police sub-inspector and his post was of immigration officer.
As per the CBI case, Barot was involved in the alleged immigration racket that used to send people abroad on bogus passports. The CBI had claimed that Barot was found involved in letting the accused passengers, including Gita Patel, Mukund Soni, his wife Artiben Soni, Kirit Chauhan, and an alleged mediator Vasant Patel, pass the immigration check in lieu of money.
According to advocate R G Ahuja, who represented Barot in the court, the CBI couldn’t prove the allegation. He said that many of the crucial witnesses turned hostile during the trial. He said that CBI had alleged that there was a nexus among the accused, but in the court they failed to come up with supporting evidence, and therefore, all the accused were acquitted.