The Delhi Police Special Cell has been accused of levelling false allegations of espionage against a Pakistani national of Indian origin, while booking him for purported cheating and other violations under the Foreigners' Act.

Through a press release issued on December 12 last, the Delhi Police claimed that they had arrested two Pakistani nationals for illegally entering India.

“The special team received secret information that two Pakistani nationals will illegally enter India through the Indo-Nepal border and come to Delhi. This information was further developed and on December 5 specific information was received that the Pakistani nationals have illegally entered India through the Sanouli border at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh and would be coming to Delhi on board the Gorakhdham Express,” said the release.

Accused Imran (40), during a court hearing on Tuesday, claimed that he along with his second wife Soofia Kanwal (38) was picked up from Kathmandu in Nepal by men in plainclothes. For their part, the police said the Pakistani nationals were arrested at New Delhi railway station. The police said the Pakistani passports of both the accused did not have an India visa, not even a stamp of entry into India.

The police had then said that Pakistani intelligence agencies approached Imran and told him that they would provide him monetary support if he would act for them. “They told him in March 2011 that he has to go to India and get a woman settled as a resident agent,” said the police.

The unit claimed to have seized from the accused a Pakistani national identity card issued in the name of Imran, the citizenship card of Soofia, a driving licence purportedly issued in Gujarat and an Indian election identity card in the name of Chippa Imran, an Indian Pan card in the name of Chippa Imran Yusuf and an old Indian passport in the name of Imran Yusuf Lafangajiwala issued in 1986 from Ahmedabad.

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