Tainted MP wants tickets back to claim refund

April 15th, 2008 - 10:01 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentarian Babubhai Katara, arrested last year in a human trafficking case, moved an application in a city court Tuesday to demand that his confiscated air tickets be returned so he could claim refund against them. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate A.K. Kohar deferred the hearing in the matter for April 18.

Katara in his application stated that the air tickets, which the Delhi Police took away after his arrest, were no longer required for investigation and should be returned so that he could cancel these and claim refund.

He told the court that since the police had already filed a charge sheet in the case, taking away his tickets would serve no purpose.

Katara, arrested April 18 last year, is accused of procuring six passports in the name of six children who he claimed are his own.

Katara was nabbed while attempting to fly out one Paramjeet Kaur and a 15-year-old boy to Toronto against the passports of his wife and son.

Besides him, other accused in the case include Rajendra Kumar Gumpa, Kiran Dhar, Sunder Lal Yadav and travel agents Satwant and Mohammed Rasheed.

Katara, whose seven attempts to get bail have been rejected by various courts on the ground that his offence was serious as he committed it in the capacity of a member of parliament, was charge-sheeted by the police in July last year.

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