Vijay Palande the main accused in the Arun Tikku and Karan Kakad murder cases could soon land in further trouble with the police likely to book him for irregularities in the manner he procured his current passport,sources in the Mumbai Police Crime Branch said on Tuesday.
Palande had obtained a genuine passport through fraudulent means and the Crime Branch is now approaching passport officials for records on it,officers said.
The passport currently held by him is under his real name,Vijay Palande. It was issued from Delhi in 2008. We have reason to believe it was obtained through fraudulent means by providing incorrect information. For instance,the address he provided as his own is in an area called Krishna Nagar in Delhi,which was false information, said a senior Crime Branch officer,who did not wish to be named.
We are contacting passport officials for further details on the information provided by Palande and the manner in which he got the passport. He is likely to be booked in another case in this regard, said the officer.
According to the police,this is not Palandes first run-in with the law for his passport. After he had jumped parole from Kolhapur Jail in August 2003,Palande procured a forged passport under the alias Kiran Kanubhai Rana. He used this passport to make several trips to Thailand,till he was arrested in a fake passport case by the D N Nagar police in November 2006.
Just 10 months after his arrest,however,when Palande applied for bail in the forged passport case,it was granted by the Bombay High Court. The police failed to inform the court that Palande had been convicted for a double murder and had jumped parole.