July 21, 2009 4:37:57 am
Investigations have revealed that the Canadian national Kamal Jain,who was arrested on Sunday for driving while a policeman precariously perched on the bonnet of his car,was deported on July 3 for illegally working in India.
Deputy commissioner of police (special branch) Ravindra Sengaonkar,who had nabbed Jain after firing six bullets from his service revolver and puncturing the cars tires,said,Jain was issued a leave India notice by the government for illegally working here.
He came to India on an ex visa,which allows him to stay in India,but not to work or do any consultancy services here. He left India on July 3,but returned. We are verifying his visa documents, Sengaonkar said.
Meanwhile,the Bund Garden police produced Jain in the Shivajinagar court on Monday and has been remanded to police custody till Tuesday. Public prosecutor Shilpa Mahatekar said the police have to interrogate Jain. He has committed a serious offence and it has to be known why he hurt the policeman on duty. He is a Canadian resident; the police need to check his passport and visa and whether he is currently staying legally in India.
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Mahatekar said the police want to verify whether the accused is a gangster or a terrorist and whether he has any criminal antecedents. Jain had also hit a motorcycle with his car,seriously injuring Satish Sahebrao Kanholkar (49) and his wife Nilima (40). They are currently undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the city. He had also hit one more motorcyclist,whose identity is not yet known. Jain has to be taken to the place where the incident occurred along with the witnesses,she said.
Shrikant Shivde,defence counsel for the accused,said,Jains visa will expire in 2010. He works for a multinational company. He acted in the spur of the moment. The prosecutions stand that he is a gangster or terrorist has no basis. Shivde came down heavily on Sengaonkar,saying he reacted in an overexcited manner by firing six bullets. Even if one of them had hit the petrol tank of the car,it would have blown up,he said. There would have been grave damage to life and property. Assistant sub-inspector Jadhav or Jain could have been killed,people nearby would also have got injured. The act was disproportionate to the gravity of the incident, he said.
He added that Jain was a senior citizen,suffering from heart ailments and had undergone bypass surgery recently.
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