Imran, the Indian-born man from Ahmedabad who took Pakistani citizenship but sought to surrender it to regain domicile in India, only to land up in the net of the Delhi Police who first accused him of spying but later charge-sheeted him and second wife Soofiya for cheating and illegal entry to India, submitted documents in a court here on Thursday that showed he had an Indian visa in 2009 and was given a Regular Residential Permit that allowed to him to stay on in the country in 2009-10.
The plight of the couple, who had purportedly been arrested on December 5, 2011, from New Delhi Railway Station, came to light in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav on Tuesday when they poured out their tale of woe in open court. Reports had appeared in a few newspapers quoting police sources that alleged that they were spies, Imran's wife was a suicide bomber, and that she intended to target Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
On Tuesday, the CMM granted two weeks interim bail to Imran to produce documents substantiating his claim of a previous legal stay in India and showing his intent to surrender Pakistani identity for gaining residence in India.
Imran submitted copies of his Pakistani passport, Indian visa and Regular Residential Permit issued to him by the Union Home Ministry through the Gujarat Government to the court. The documents showed that Imran was issued an Indian visa on July 2, 2009, valid for three months. He was also issued the Regular Residential Permit (only for Pakistani nationals) by the Foreigners Registration Officer, Ahmedabad, in August 2009. This authorised him to remain in Ahmedabad till September 1, 2009.
His visa was extended twice, for one month each, until December 1, 2009, on medical grounds by the FRO, Ahmedabad. In December, the Home Ministry further extended Imran's visa till February 28, 2010, for medical treatment, according to the documents.
The Regular Residential Permit allowed Imran to stay at Ahmedabad and Delhi. Imran has also filed documents for residency relating to his first wife Zainab, a Pakistani national, and his two children Nameer and Amima. The matter has been listed to come up for hearing on March 26. Imran's father, Yusuf, had alleged in court that these documents were submitted to the investigating officer.
“An Indian visa in 2009; a Regular Residential Permit for stay here in 2009-10”