Probe into clearance certificate for Mehul Choksi

Mumbai : Mumbai Police has ordered an enquiry into the issuance of a police clearance certificate to Mehul Choksi, now a prime accused in the alleged Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.Choksi was issued an Indian passport on September 9, 2015, which is valid until September 9, 2025.

The passport was issued under the Tatkal category. A ‘No police verification required’ status was granted by the Regional Passport Office (RPO), Mumbai. Choksi left India on February 4, 2018, from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai. An FIR was registered against Choksi by CBI on January 31. Choksi’s passport was revoked by the RPO on February 23.

On February 23, 2017, Choksi had applied to the RPO, Mumbai, for a police clearance certificate. On February 24 2017, the personal particulars form was downloaded by Malabar Hill Police for verification. On March 10, 2017, police submitted a ‘clear’ report, stating there were no criminal antecedents against Choksi after checking the Criminal Antecedents and Information System (CAIS) used in the Mumbai Police Commissionerate to check the criminal record of an applicant. The CAIS system only reflects the applicant’s name if he/she has been arrested for any offence.

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