Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket: Duping folks on pretext of sending them overseas rampant

Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket: Duping folks on pretext of sending them overseas rampant



Tribune Information Service

Saurabh Malik

Chandigarh, November 15

Almost twenty years have elapsed because the Chief Secretaries of Punjab and Haryana had been directed to intervene for “avoiding repetition of Malta boat tragedy”, wherein 283 kids eager to go overseas misplaced their lives. But, the menace of dishonest innocents continues. It has now compelled the Punjab and Haryana Excessive Court docket to direct curbing the “fraud” with an iron hand to save lots of the innocents.

“Evidently, such kind of dishonest, duping and fraud is rampant in our society and is commonly adopted by fraudsters and unscrupulous individuals on pretext of sending harmless folks overseas and thereby duping them. This has grow to be a cakewalk to amass wealth illegally in a single day which must be curbed with an iron hand to save lots of the harmless folks,” Justice Ashok Kumar Verma asserted.

The observations got here on a petition by a lady for anticipatory bail in a case registered on September 27 for dishonest and legal conspiracy underneath Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC on the Kathunangal police station in Amritsar district.

It was alleged that the petitioner-woman and one other particular person agreed to ship the complainant and his spouse to France for Rs 17 lakh. As such, he transferred the cash to the checking account of the accused. Thereafter, the accused began delaying the matter on one pretext or the opposite. They stopped receiving his calls. It was additional alleged that accused, in connivance with one another, cheated the complainant.

Turning down the plea, Justice Verma asserted there have been severe allegations of dishonest and fraud. Prima facie, the petitioner’s involvement within the fee of offence, in connivance with the co-accused, was writ massive.

In addition to this, the restoration was but to be made. “I don’t deem it a match case for grant of concession of anticipatory bail to the petitioner. The petitioner’s custodial interrogation is critical for full and efficient investigation. In case the identical is denied to the investigating company, it might go away many gaps and loopholes, adversely affecting the investigation, which is uncalled for. Furthermore, investigation is at preliminary stage,” Justice Verma added.

In April 2003, the Excessive Court docket had requested the Chief Secretaries to take care of the “curiosity of poor potential non-resident Indians, fairly than confining their concern to these well-settled migrants who’ve already made a fortune overseas, in order to keep away from repetition of Malta boat tragedy”. The authorities involved had been additionally requested to discover the feasibility of utilizing the print, audio or digital media for educating the plenty concerning the pitfalls. The court docket since then handed a slew of instructions, however Justice Verma’s order makes it evident that the instructions had been but to be successfully applied.

Fraudulent follow

Evidently, such kind of dishonest, duping and fraud is rampant in our society and is commonly adopted by fraudsters and unscrupulous individuals on pretext of sending harmless folks overseas and thereby duping them. — Justice Ashok Kumar Verma





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