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Sunday, 20 September 2020

Accused’s custodial probe needed to unearth ‘human trafficking’ scam: High Court

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 19

When a youth seeking greener pastures abroad allegedly agreed to pay Rs 22.5 lakh to a travel agent for going to the US, little did he realise that it was the beginning of an ordeal. Arrested by the US police, he was confined in a jail for a year before being deported.

Taking up the matter, Justice Gurvinder Singh Gill of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has now ruled that the custodial interrogation of the accused was required to unearth the racket of “human trafficking”.

Justice Gill asserted it was not just a case of simply depriving the complainant or his family of huge amount of money but a case where his life had been put to peril by sending him to foreign countries illegally. It could have resulted in the complainant paying a heavy price, including prolonged detention or even death, Justice Gill asserted.

Justice Gill further said the complainant, in any case, was kept confined for good one year.

The matter was brought to the High Court’s notice after the accused “agent” filed a petition seeking anticipatory bail in the case registered on June 26 at Ram Nagar police station in Karnal for cheating, criminal intimidation and criminal breach of trust under Sections 406, 420 and 506 of IPC and Section 24 of the Immigration Act.

Justice Gill, during the course of hearing, took note of the allegations levelled by the complainant, who stated that he initially got a visa for Europe. On September 8, 2019, he was made to board a flight to Europe. Travelling through Moscow, Greece and Rome, he was sent to Mexico, where he met an agent of the accused. He took the complainant to his house, where he was threatened for not giving money. The complainant called up his home and told the family to pay Rs 22.50 lakh as settled.

After the amount was paid, the accused told the agent to send the complainant to America by making him cross the border. Although the complainant objected as it was agreed to send him to America legally, the accused did not pay heed. He was made to cross the border into America, but was caught by the police and lodged in a jail, where was confined for a year.



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