A Delhi court has ruled that prima facie evidence is enough to charge a Canadian High Commission official and two travel agents with criminal conspiracy and cheating for sending people with false documents to Canada.
The court of Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar held that the CBI had brought enough prima facie evidence in its chargesheet to allow framing of charges.
The CBI had charged Preeti Grover,an immigration programme officer at the Canadian High Commissioners office in Chanakyapuri; and travel agency owner Kamaljit Singh and his employee Ajit Kumar,with criminal conspiracy,cheating and using forged documents in 2010.
The CBI had told the CMM court that Canadian police had notified Indian police about visitors coming to Canada on fake papers and references. Some of them had disappeared and could not be traced by the Canadian police at addresses mentioned in the papers. Enquiries made at the High Commission had revealed that immigration interviews for some of the missing persons had been conducted by Grover.
The CBI had alleged that Grover,who had the authority to issue visitor visas for Canada,used to conduct interviews for the grant of visa and could call for the files of persons who had applied for visa.
Grovers counsel had argued that even though the CBI had alleged that visas were recommended for pecuniary gains,it had not collected any evidence supporting the charge. The court dismissed the plea and held that recovery of money from the petitioner is prima facie,not a circumstance favourable to the petitioner at this stage.
Noting that visa forms of missing persons had been signed by Grover,the court observed that had Preeti Grover conducted proper interview,information provided by applicants could be detected to be wrong.