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CBI Registers 12 Cases Against 32 Accused Including Passport Assistants, Senior Passport Assistants Of Passport Seva Kendras And Agents On The Allegations Of Collusive Corruption. Searches Were Conducted At 33 Locations In Mumbai And Nashik

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CBI REGISTERS 12 CASES AGAINST 32 ACCUSED INCLUDING PASSPORT ASSISTANTS/SR. PASSPORT ASSISTANTS OF PASSPORT SEVA KENDRAS AND AGENTS/TOUTS ON ALLEGATIONS OF COLLUSIVE CORRUPTION AND SEARCHES CONDUCTED AT 33 LOCATIONS IN MUMBAI & NASHIK

CBI has registered 12 cases against 14 Officials including Passport Assistants/Sr. Passport Assistants posted at Passport Sewa Kendras(PSKs) of Lower Parel and Malad, and eighteen (18) passport facilitation agents/touts on allegations that officials posted at PSK, Lower Parel, Mumbai and PSK Malad, Mumbai working under Regional Passport Office (RPO) Mumbai, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Govt. of India are indulging in collusive corruption with agents/touts. It was alleged that these officers were in regular contact with passport facilitation agents and conspiring with them to obtain undue advantage in lieu of issuance of passport based on inadequate/incomplete documents or by manipulating the personal particulars of passport applicants.

On 26.06.2024, Joint Surprise Checks (JSC) were conducted at PSK, Parel and PSK, Malad along with the Vigilance Officers of the Passport Seva Programme (PSP) Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India and officers of RPO Mumbai. During Joint Surprise Check (JSC), the office desks and mobile phones of the suspect officers were analyzed jointly by CBI team and Vigilance Officers of PSP, Division, MEA. The analysis of documents, social media chats and Unified Payments Interface (UPI) ID activities of suspect public servants revealed various suspicious transactions by some officials of PSKs indicating demand and acceptance of undue advantage through the passport facilitation agents for issuance of passports as well as to get passports issued based on inadequate/fake/forged documents.

The suspect officers of PSKs, in connivance with various passport facilitation agents / touts, were allegedly receiving huge monetary undue advantages directly in their own bank accounts or in the bank accounts of their near and dear/family members from the passport facilitation agents / touts to the tune of several lakhs of rupees.

CBI conducted searches at about 33 locations of accused public servants and accused private persons situated at Mumbai and Nashik. This led to recovery of several incriminating documents / digital evidence pertaining to passport documents, etc

Investigation is continuing .

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