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After 13 years Canada deports Indian woman booked for forging passport

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Mumbai: An Indian woman who yearned for a good life abroad and employed dubious means to settle there ended in her deportation from Canada on March 17.

The Sahar police have arrested a 52-year-old woman Crasta Anne Flavia, who was deported from Canada after 13 years on Friday. She had flown to Canada in 2004 after forging her immigration clearance stamp on her passport, sources in Immigration department told The Free Press Journal.

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The immigration department at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), Mumbai has registered a First Information Report (FIR) at Sahar police station that has booked Flavia under section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property case) of Indian Penal Code. “At present we do not have (Canadian) court’s document. Once it (Canadian court’s document) comes in our hand, we will check if more sections can be added to the case,” senior inspector of Sahar police station Baburao Mukhedkar told the Free Press Journal.

However, Flavia was produced before the Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate that has sent her to two days’ police remand till Monday. Many people go to a foreign nation, destroy their vital documents like passport and plead there for asylum. Some of them get shelter there while some of them get rejected.

“Flavia had destroyed her vital documents after reaching Canada in 2004 and she kept pleading before a court in Canada for asylum to evade her arrest in the foreign nation. But on March 15, the Canadian authority rejected her plea to extend her asylum. Then she made a request to the Indian High Commission in Ottawa. The concerned authority issued her an emergency document and deported Flavia to Mumbai,” added Mukhedkar.

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Sources told the Free Press Journal that Flavia had left India in 2004 after her conjugal life got disturbed and her Non-Resident Indian (NRI) husband divorced her in 2002. Then, Flavia had come to Mumbai from her hometown Mangaluru and had caught a flight from here for Montreal. “She went there to work as a domestic help. Her ageing mother and younger brother stay in Mangaluru,” added the source.

Investigators are struggling to get evidence in the case as there is no proof that says she has cheated the immigration officials at CSIA in 2004. The investigators are probing if any immigration official at CSIA helped her fly to Montreal to enter Canada.

FORGERY NEVER PAYS

  • Flavia left India in 2004 after divorce
  • Destroys her vital papers once in Canada
  • Then keeps pleading for asylum
  • Canada rejects asylum plea on March 15 and then deports her
  • Lands in Mumbai on March 17, is arrested