The bail application of a former private airline employee recently arrested along with an immigration officer at Indira Gandhi International Airport here for allegedly facilitating travel of passengers on forged documents was dismissed by a city court on Tuesday.
Manoj Sarpal worked as a commercial staffer with the private airline. His alleged nexus with the immigration officer, Chaman Azhar, came to light after the airline employees intercepted a woman passenger allegedly trying to board a flight to Toronto on forged documents. The passenger had paid Rs.25 lakh to an agent for the papers.
During interrogation, Manoj purportedly disclosed that he took Rs.50,000 per passenger from Azhar to help them board the flights after the latter allegedly endorsed their passports with fake immigration stamps.
Manoj, who is in judicial custody, moved a bail application in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate-II, Dwarka, Rajesh Kumar Goel. “We opposed the bail application and presented the evidence, including closed-circuit television camera footage and other records, against the accused before the court. Having considered the evidence, the court dismissed his bail application,” said a police officer.
The police also apprised the court of the nexus between the accused and other persons involved in the racket.