Staff Reporter

Probe on into allegations made against some legislators, say police

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 of Karimnagar district Kasipeta Lingaiah was already arrested on similar charge three days ago.

"We're inquiring about the legislators whose names figured in media reports about passport fraud," 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.

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 but no breakthrough could be achieved. 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.