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Visa fraud case: CBI arrests six including two embassy staff


New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday registered a case against six people including two, earlier working in the Visa Department of the Embassy of France in New Delhi on allegations of visa fraud in the embassy.

The arrested accused have been identified as Shubham Shokeen, Aarti Mandal, Navjot Singh, Chetan Sharma, Satwinder Singh Purewal, Manpreet Singh and others. Shubham and Aarti worked in the Visa Department of the Embassy of France in New Delhi. It was alleged that the two accused working in the Visa Department of the Embassy of France, New Delhi, conspired with others and perpetrated visa fraud during the period from January 1, 2022 till May 6, 2022.

It was further alleged that in pursuance to the said criminal conspiracy, applicants from Punjab and Jammu submitted fake and forged letters purportedly written by a private company based at Bengaluru to the Consulate General of France, Bengaluru for issuing Entry Visas, for their joining private companies in Port-Le-Havre, France. On being approached by the applicants the said two officials in the Visa Department of the Embassy allegedly issued Entry Visas in favour of three other accused after taking illegal gratification of Rs 50,000 per Visa, without the knowledge and approval of the Head of Visa Department, Embassy of France, New Delhi. It was also alleged that after the issuance of the Entry Visa, the said two officials displaced/destroyed the documents/files from the Visa Department.

During the period of five months, several files were allegedly handled by these accused which mostly pertain to young farmers or unemployed people from Punjab who had not earlier travelled. It was further alleged that during the said period, the accused had perpetrated fraud of a huge amount in the Visa Department of the Embassy. Searches were conducted on Friday at six locations including Delhi, Patiala, Gurdaspur and Jammu at the premises of the accused. Incriminating documents/articles including laptops, mobile phones, suspicious passports etc were recovered so far. The investigation is underway.



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