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BJP MP arrested at Delhi airport

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Charged with attempt to take a woman to Canada on his wife's passport



LANDS IN TROUBLE: Detained BJP MP Babubhai Katara with the woman whom he tried to take to Canada on his wife's passport, at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Wednesday.

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament Babu Bhai Katara was arrested at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Wednesday on the charge of trying to take a woman and a teenaged boy to Canada on the passports of his wife and son.

A case has been registered against the three under Sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

Police said Mr. Katara was detained along with the 38-year-old woman and the 16-year-old boy, after Air India staff found that the picture on the diplomatic passport, issued in the name of Mr. Katara's wife Sharadaben B. Katara, did not match with the woman with him. It was also found that the boy had the passport of Rajesh, son of Mr. Katara.

The three were scheduled to board the Toronto-bound flight of Air India AI-187 at 7-30 a.m.

"Rs. 30-lakh deal"

The woman was identified as Paramjeet Kaur, a native of Kapurthala in Punjab. During interrogation by Immigration officials, she purportedly told them that she paid Rs. 30 lakh to the MP to take her to Canada.

"The deal was purportedly struck by Mr. Katara's secretary Rajender, who came to see off the three at the airport and left well before the fraud came to light," said a senior police officer at the Airport police station.

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