Islamabad: Fake visa application documents accused gets bail
ISLAMABAD: Additional Sessions Judge Muhammad Tanveer Meer on Tuesday granted interim bail (bail before arrest) to an accused who allegedly submitted fake income tax (IT) certificate to British High Commission (HC) for visa. A case vide First Information Report (FIR) No 118/ 11 was registered against Muhammad Irfan, resident of Azad Kashmir under section 420/ 468/ 471 PPC, FIA / Anti Human Trafficking (AHT) on March 14 this year on a complaint of British HC.
According to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the accused submitted an application for visa with Passport Number AL-1981031 and IT certificate No TX/ IT/ 30912 to British HC on October 15, 2009. During the application scrutiny process the HC suspected that the IT certificate was fake and referred the documents of the accused to FIA for investigation. FIA interrogated the matter and the found the IT certificate and other documents fake. FIA registered an FIR against the accused but could not arrest him despite raiding his hometown residence many times.
On Tuesday, the defense counsel for the accused submitted an interim bail application to the court stating that his client was falsely implicated in the case and he did not commit any offence. He further stated that his client wanted to go abroad for employment and he met a consultant namely Mukhtiar Ahmed, resident of Sector F-6/1, Islamabad and took Rs.50,000 in advance and managed the documents for visa application. The bail application also stated that the consultant submitted the documents to British HC that were found fake. The defense counsel pleaded that the case needed further inquiry and the Sections 420 and 471 are bailable while under Section 468 maximum punishment is seven years and same does not fall within the ambit of prohibitory clause of section 497 CrPC.
He said the petitioner was bound to appear before the court on every date of hearing till the final disposal of this case. The counsel also said the petitioner was entitled to the concession of bail before arrest. The judge accepted the bail application with the direction to the accused to appear before the court on May 12 for further hearing of the case.