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Passport scam: probe on into allegations made against some legislators, say police

  • We are in touch with Adilabad police, says Commissioner
  • `Some verifications have to be done with Passport Office'
  • HYDERABAD: Hyderabad police are making `discreet inquiries' into allegations of some more legislators securing passports for others on the names of their family members.

    Telangana Rashtra Samithi MLA from Nerella constituency Kasipeta Lingaiah was already arrested on similar charge three days ago.

    "We're inquiring about the legislators whose names figured in media reports," Hyderabad Police Commissioner Balwinder Singh told The Hindu on Monday. Declining to name the legislators against whom the inquiry was on, Mr. Singh said they were yet to confirm with the Regional Passport Office if there was any fraud.

    "We are in touch with the Adilabad district police as well," he said. The passport office remained closed on Saturday and Sunday and the officer concerned was not available on Monday. Hence, the inquiry could not be completed. The Commissioner said the police wanted to verify with the passport office the photos that were pasted on the application forms applied in the names of the legislators' family members.

    Travel agent

    A criminal case would be registered in case any discrepancy was found. Hunt was on to nab a travel agent Rasheed, the alleged kingpin in the passport fraud, and his associates.

    The Commissioner said he had not received any report about the assistance extended by Hyderabad police to their counterparts in Gujarat in nabbing a person Sohrabuddin Sheikh who was subsequently killed in a fake encounter. "I learnt about it through media but no inquiry was ordered till now," he explained.

    Mr. Singh, however, said he would review the investigation into the murder case registered by Saifabad police against Gujarat policemen who shot dead a youngster Mujahid at the DGP office when a mob tried to prevent them from arresting Maulana Naseeruddin in 2004.

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