Man gets 3 year RI in immigration fraud case
When person feels that India is not supplying the life that person deserves, opting to emigrate to another country is a dream worth pursuing. People value that foreign piece of paper called currency that is worth more than India’s rupees and are willing to spend out of their nose; this trend is rampant in Punjab. Then there are the predators that prey on this desperation displayed by vulnerable Punjabis.
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Legal Issue Involved:
Immigration Agents are suppose to have a licence to conduct such travel businesses and when they do not, that is a violation which severe punishment as is. The punishment is compounded if funds were stolen along this process and operating that business under an alias proves the intention of deception.
News Article Facts:
Bikramjit Singh Saini advertised in a newspaper about his immigration business and was contacted by a customer who wanted to go to Canada. After an agreement was reached between the agent and the customer and funds were transferred; 2.2 lakh and some more and when 5.9 lakh was handed over the agent halted further contact. The customer made inquiries and came to realise that the agent’s name is actually Harsimranjit Singh. The customer contacted the police to report the deception.
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Legal Stand Point:
The name change is enough to clarify that something is wrong. Immediate action to report to the police of the theft by the customer was the right thing to do. If, by any chance, the FIR may have not applied all the violations then but the courts found Harsimranjit Singh guilty of any other violations the police may have missed; Sections 420, 419, 465, 468, 471 of the Indian Penal Code as well as Section 24 of the Emigration Act, 1983. The IPC is well understood but the Emigation Act that is most likely applied to Harsimranjit Singh Saini is:
Section 24 – Offences and Penalties
Sub-Section (1) – Whoever-
Clause (f)- collects from an emigrant any charge in excess of the limits prescribed under this Act; or
Clause (g)- cheats any emigrant
Shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years and with a fine which may extend to 2 thousand but not less than 6 months or fine less than 1 thousand.
People work hard for their money and some Punjabi’s even sells their ancestral land (which sometimes hardly covers domestic living expense) just to go abroad to help their family in India live a little easier. Predators need to be reported on to stop this illegal activity and prevent any other people looking to become illegal agents, many Indians have died on their way to the western world illegally after spending their family’s bread money.
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