NRI arrives on fake passport, gets jailed

An NRI who escaped Dubai on fake documents to escape legal action over a bounced cheque discovered that it was not the best way to get out of a situation. Caught at the Ahmedabad Airport for travelling on a fake passport, Jose Anthony’s bail plea was rejected by a local court after the public prosecutor argued that he might once again try to flee, just like in the past. According to the case details, five years ago, Anthony who is a resident of Kannur, Kerala, had gone to Dubai for employment. During his stay there, he had borrowed some money from a Dubai resident.

He repaid the loan through cheque but it bounced, following which a case was registered against him in Dubai. A court in Dubai had seized his passport and directed him not to leave the country. “But Anthony managed to get a fake Indian Passport in Dubai and returned to India. But he was caught at the Ahmedabad airport after officials realized his passport was fake. He was arrested and sent to judicial custody,” the Sardarnagar police, which has filed a charge sheet in the case, said. Anthony’s lawyer argued that since a charge sheet had been filed against his client, he should be eligible for bail.

He also said that his client was an Indian citizen and won’t flee from the country. However, chief public prosecutor Sudhir Brahambhatt argued before the court that the accused had, in the past too, fled using fake documents and since he is not from Gujarat, there are chances he might go underground if given bail. After hearing the arguments, Additional Sessions Judge DP Mahida rejected the bail application. The court also observed that just because a charge sheet has been filed in the case and there is no change in the situation of the case doesn’t entitle the accused for bail.”