Thursday, March 15, 2018

Deported Pak man’s wife seeks Sushma Swaraj’s help to bring him back

| TNN | Updated: Mar 15, 2018, 04:48 IST

MUMBAI: “I request Union minister Sushma Swaraj to help bring my husband back from Pakistan,” said a teary-eyed Sajida, wife of Pakistani national Siraj Khan who was deported to his home country from Mumbai on Monday following court orders.
Sajida (39) and Siraj (37) married in Mumbai in 2005 and have three children. “My children are like orphans without their father. I am a poor woman and don’t know much about procedures. I just want my husband back,” said Sajida and broke down while talking to mediapersons at her modest one-room Antop Hill home on Wednesday.

Siraj was deported through the Attari border checkpoint in Punjab after a court ruled that he was illegally living in India.

Sajida took up bracelet making to earn Rs 100 a day ever since her husband was put under preventive detention in December 2017. Khan used to work as a waiter with a catering service and make Rs 10,000 a month.

The couple’s three children—Zara (12) and twins Inayat and Ejaz (7)—study in a Marathi medium school at Sion.

“My children walk 3km to reach their school. I have no money,” said Sajida and added that police did not inform her of her husband’s deportation. “It was my husband who called me to say cops were taking him to New Delhi. We rushed to the railway station to meet him. The next day, he called me and said he was being taken to Amritsar for deportation to Pakistan,” she said, adding that Siraj had lived in India for 27 years.  

When he was 10, Siraj fled his Pakistan home after his father scolded him for failing an exam, said Sajida. He wanted to visit his uncle’s home in Karachi but took a wrong train and reached Amritsar. “A family took him to New Delhi. After three days, he took a train and reached Gujarat where he was detained as a ‘runaway child’ and sent to a children’s shelter. He spent several years there till a wall of the shelter collapsed and he was among 40 teenagers to flee. He then came to Mumbai,” said Sajida.

It was Sajida’s sister in-law who finalized her wedding with him. Sajida is youngest among four brothers and three sisters.

 “Sometime before Eid in 2014, someone suggested that he visit the CID for help in getting a passport to go to Pakistan. He wanted to take all of us to his hometown for Eid to meet his family. However, cops told the media that they had ‘raided’ our house,” said Sajida. Siraj was booked for staying illegally in the country. “I request the government to give him an Indian nationality or send me and my kids to Pakistan,” said Sajida and added that social worker Raj Awasthi, who is helping her, has written to the Prime Minister and the National Human Rights Commission for help, but there has been no response so far. “If Adnan Sami (singer) can be given Indian citizenship, then why not my husband? Is it because we are poor?”

The family said they had filed an application for Siraj’s Indian citizenship and it was pending. Siraj called Sajida after reaching Lahore. “I spoke to my in-laws too. Khan told me he will prepare a passport and come back to meet us soon. I will fight for his nationality until we get justice.”

The Times of India, Mumbai 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

For 27 years, Pakistani made India home; now deported

| TNN | Updated: Mar 14, 2018, 03:37 IST


  • Siraj Khan lived in India for 27 years and had married Sajida, an Indian.
  • After a failed battle to keep Khan here, Sajida stayed back with their 3 kids. Now, she works as a house help.
  • Khan had run away from his house in Pakistan fearing his father would scold him after failing in a school exam.

MUMBAI: Siraj Khan (37), who claims to have strayed into India as a 10-year-old boy, was deported to Pakistan on Monday through the Attari border checkpoint in Punjab after a court ruled that he had been staying here illegally.
Khan lived in India for 27 years and had settled in Antop Hill after marrying Sajida, an Indian. They have three children. After a failed battle to keep Khan here, Sajida has stayed back with the kids and works as a house help.

“A team of seven from RA Kidwai Marg police station took him to New Delhi and from there to Amritsar to deport him through the Attari border,” said a senior police officer.

Khan had told the police that he had run away from his home in Pakistan fearing his father would scold him after failing in an exam. He wanted to go to his uncle’s home in Karachi, but took the wrong train and reached Amritsar.

After some time there, he reached Gujarat, where he found shelter in a children’s remand home. When he turned 18 and was released, he came to Mumbai and started staying in the Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Marg area in central Mumbai. There he got married to Sajida in 2005, and started working as a waiter. They had three children over time, and made a home in Antop Hill.

Khan was booked for staying illegally for the first time in 2009. In 2013, the police said when a CID team had raided Khan’s home in 2009, he had said he was originally from Post Sarkul, Tal Chetpen, District Mansehra in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). But he could not produce any document to prove it. 

On January 4, 2014, he was convicted under the Foreigners Act, 1946, and Passport (Entry into India) Rules and sentenced to seven months in jail. The court later ordered that he be deported and asked the police to keep him under preventive detention. His family had said they had filed an application for Khan’s Indian citizenship and it was pending.  

On October 7, 2014, Khan allegedly fled from the police station premises, and a fresh case was registered against him under the Foreigner’s Act. If convicted, he could have got up to five years’ imprisonment. “The state government later withdrew this case since it wanted to deport him as per court order,” said an officer.

Meanwhile, Sajida and her lawyer filed an application before the court, challenging the restriction over Khan’s movement, but could not undo the deportation order. The case had dragged over years since Khan had been booked in another one.

In December 2017, the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) passed an order restricting Khan’s movements within the police station premises. Finally, he was deported on Monday.

The Times of India, March 14, 2018

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Cheating case: Bank accounts of HC ex-judge, brother frozen

Mumbai: The Azad Maidan police, probing a cheating and forgery case involving former Bombay HC Justice Michael Saldanha (74) and his younger brother Mark (70), have frozen several of their bank accounts and blocked the accounts they had been operating for mutual funds.
The HSBC Bank complained last year to the Azad Maidan police which booked Saldanhas for allegedly siphoning Rs 2.29 crore worth shares from their deceased older brother Patrick's demat account and transferring the proceeds to their accounts.The sessions court had earlier rejected their plea, holding that they “illegally and fraudulently and by forging and impersonation transferred a huge amount“ from their brother's account.

Last October, the Bombay HC granted interim anticipatory bail to Michael and Mark.“While the siphoned money was kept in some bank accounts, a portion of it was invested in mutual funds. We wrote to the banks concerned and froze the accounts. We also got the mutual funds blocked,“ said an officer.

“There are other accused too who forged documents like power of attorney after the death of their brother (Patrick),“ said the officer. Patrick (81) died on February 18, 2016. The prosecution said the shares were without documents like heirship certificate or will, and by representing that Patrick was alive between February 18-August 18, they presented forged delivery slips, cheques and a power of attorney . Michael was a Bombay HC judge between 1990-94 and Karnataka HC judge till retirement in 2004.

The Times of India, May 31, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lost in Ponzi scam? Refund unit on cards for investors

Mateen Hafeez

Mumbai: Over 25 lakh investors, who lost more than Rs 10,000 crore in various schemes, can heave a sigh of relief. A separate refund unit will be formed by the economic offences wing (EOW) of the city police to handle cases of refund to investors, once the court passes an order. Observers welcomed the decision for a separate refund unit and said it will be easier for the lakhs of investors to come to one place (the refund unit), enquire about their money or case status. “Investors don't know whom to approach and how to get their money back. This time effective unit will help many ,“ said an observer.

The refund unit will be headed by a police officer of the rank of assistant commissioner in the EOW . As much as Rs 12,000 crore is stuck in cheating cases over the last six years.

As per police records, maximum investors who invested and lost are in the SpeakAsia multi-level marketing scheme case. “More than 24 lakh investors have lost in this Ponzi scheme. The EOW have filed charge sheets. While investors lost Rs 2,276 crore, over Rs 700 crore was laundered abroad. More than Rs 175 crore belonging to several accused has been frozen over the period and it will be distributed among the investors as per court order,“ said a police officer.

Likewise, more than 1 lakh people lost money in the Padma Vibhushan recipient Michael Ferreira-led QNet scam. While the official amount involved is around Rs 425 crore, police said investors could have lost more than Rs 1,000 crore.

Investors have been doing the rounds of courts and police offices since there was no clarity where they would get their money from once the court ordered auctioning of properties seized.
“Most victims in the above two schemes are from middleclass or lower middle-class.They have been going to police offices and courts. There are some investors whose lives were ruined due to these fraud schemes. The formation of a refund unit will be a great help to the affected investors,“ said a source.

While the NSEL case is still being probed, the police have attached properties worth more than Rs 6,000 crore while the amount involved was lesser in the FIR, Rs 5,600 crore . As many as 13,000 investors lost money .

The Times of India, May 30, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Cabbie who lost 6 of family in EFW mishap hangs self

Mumbai: The taxi driver who was held responsible for the death of six members of his family after the speeding vehicle they were travelling in rammed into the Eastern Freeway wall last November, committed suicide in his rented Wadala residence on Friday night. Relatives said Mangur Verma (36) seemed tense since the Dongri police filed a chargesheet against him on May 9 for rash and negligent driving and culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Neighbours found his body at 9pm and informed the police. “He was wearing a woman's nightdress when he hanged himself,“ said a neighbour. “Since the accident, he had become withdrawn and would not socialize. He had even started drinking a lot." A police officer told TOI, “There was no suicide note.While searching the house, we found a copy of the chargesheet.“ The body has been sent to KEM Hospital for post-mortem examination.

The Times of India, May 29, 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

BJP Muslim gambit fails, Cong shines

Mumbai: Winning 28 seats in the 84-member Malegaon Municipal Corporation, the Congress has emerged the biggest party . It is being said that with the help of NCP , which won 20 seats compared to only eight the last time, it could rule the civic house.
The BJP , which did not win a single seat in 2012 and had fielded the maximum number of Muslim candidates this time, won nine seats. However, none of its 57 Muslim nominees won.Its victories came from the Hindu sections of the Muslim-dominated powerloom town of Malegaon.

Interestingly , the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), which made its debut, secured seven seats. But MIM's Nashik president and former mayor, Abdul Malik, who contested from two seats, lost both.The Shiv Sena, which got 11 seats in the last election, posted a tally of 13 this time.
Shaikh Aasif, the sitting Congress MLA who is credited with the big win, said: “We worked for the development of the city and `vikas' was our main campaign point. We will be wor king for the development of the town.“

Malegaon mayor Ibrahim Seth (NCP) lost to Congress.Two-time MLA Shaikh Rasheed and his wife Tahira, a former mayor, won on Congress tickets.NCP's Nabi Ahmed, a businessman, and his brother Zafar Ahmed (Congress) both won. They stay in the same house and both Congress and NCP flags were hoisting side by side on the terrace on Friday.

The Times of India, May 27, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bomb chat: 6 Kerala youths released

Mateen Hafeez

Mumbai: Six Kerala youths, who were questioned by three government agencies over the last two days after a commuter in local train heard them talking about `bomb', were given clean chit and released on Tuesday.The youths, including a minor, got down at Panvel and took atrain for CST on Monday . While in the train, a co-passenger heard them using the word `bomb' repeatedly over the phone and alerted the police.
Niket Kaushik, police commissioner (Railways), said, “The ATS, RPF and GRP questioned them and nothing adverse was found. They were released."

“Due to network problem the person on the other side was unable to hear so they were repeating the word bomb (for Bombay). We checked their mobile phones and other belongings and found that they were telling the truth,“ said an officer. The complainant passenger had also told police that the youths were chatting through WhatsApp on anumber with country code +97.Later, it transpired that fathers of three youths work in the middle east and the message was for one of them.

The Times of India, May 25, 2017