Karachi: Indian man gets three years in jail for illegal stay
KARACHI: A sessions court on Wednesday sentenced an Indian national to three years in prison for his illegal stay in Pakistan. The court found Dinesh Kumar, son of Narian Das, guilty of living here without valid and authentic documents since October 1993.
The additional district and sessions judge (south), Jangu Khan, who conducted the trial, pronounced the order after recording the testimonies of prosecution witnesses and final arguments from both sides.
The court imposed a fine of Rs5,000 and in case of non-payment, he would have to undergo an additional 15-day imprisonment.
The judge also ruled that the national identity card produced by the accused in court be sent to the National Database and Registration Authority’s head office for legal action against him.
The benefit of Section 382-B (period of detention to be considered while awarding sentence of imprisonment) of the criminal procedure code was extended to the convict and the court directed the jail authorities that after the completion of the sentence, necessary arrangements be made for the deportation of the accused.
The court in its verdict observed that the prosecution was successful in proving the charge against the accused by placing ample evidence.
It further observed that the documents submitted by the accused in his defence before the court, including the Pakistani national identity card, were obtained fraudulently.
Earlier, the defence side took the plea that the accused was adopted as a son by a Pakistani national named Dayal Das, adding that he got married in Pakistan and also has children. Moreover, the accused has a national identity card, the defence lawyer said.
However, the public prosecutor contended that the documents submitted by the accused were forged and he took a fake plea in his defence to avoid a sentence. He further argued that the prosecution had examined three witnesses and they had fully implicated the accused in the offence,
adding that the accused had in his statement before the court admitted that he was the son of Narian Das. The prosecutor pleaded for a maximum punishment under the relevant law.
According to the prosecution, the accused arrived at Karachi airport from India in 1993 on a visit visa. The same year his travel permit expired, but he did not return to his country. The police took the accused into custody in August 2006 on a complaint of the Military Intelligence since he failed to produce any authentic document to justify his stay in Pakistan.
A case (75/2006) was registered against the accused under the Foreigner Act at the Mithadar police station.
The complete article can be found at Dawn News.