Not only has this Pakistani national been living with impunity in India after being deported back to his country in 2007, he has also been zipping about the streets in a VIP car.
The Bombay High Court yesterday asked the police to produce details of the car used by Sayyed Waseem-ur-Rehman Shah, after being informed that the man has been using a red beacon on it. Shah has been under the scanner after inexplicably returning to India, in defiance of a court order.
The number plate on the car purports that Shah is part of the ‘Govt of India Add Inst’, located at Ekta Bhavan behind the Prime Minister’s office in South Block, New Delhi.
MiD DAY had reported on October 2 how this man had been living in Bhandup, even though a court order had deported him back to Pakistan in 2007 (‘Deported in 2007, Pak national in wakf land dispute’). Shah has since been embroiled in a bitter land dispute with a Bhandup-based wakf.
On Sunday, MiD DAY had exposed how Shah had been caught on camera fraternising with Home Minister RR Patil, even though he had been informed that Shah was causing a law and order problem in the area (‘Home Minister met deported Pakistani national’, October 7).
The division bench of justices AS Oka and SS Jadhav has now asked police to provide details of the registration papers of the car, a Tata Safari. “The police routinely check the cars of even High Court judges [because of the beacon]… and here a Pakistani is roaming around in such a car?” the court observed.
Advocates Rajiv Patil and Ajit Kenjale also told the court that Shah had made inflammatory speeches in the past. “Currently Shah has cases pending against him in Sangli and Mumbai,” said Patil.
The court has also asked for an affidavit detailing the status of all cases pending against Shah.
The police have also filed an affidavit (copy available with MiD DAY) detailing Shah’s movements in the country. According to the affidavit drawn up by Inspector Rajendra Mandhare of the Special Branch – I (CID), Shah came to India on November 22, 2006 on a visitor’s visa issued by the Indian High Commission, Islamabad. It was valid till February 19, 2007. The visa was then extended by the Ministry of Home Affairs from February 20, 2007 to May 18, 2007. When Shah applied for another renewal, it was rejected and Shah was asked to leave India by May 19, 2007.
“It appears from the record that [Shah] again entered into India on October 18, 2010 on an X visa issued by the Indian High Commission, Islamabad. The visa was valid for a period of one month and was repeatedly extended and is currently valid till December 11, 2012,” said Mandhare in the affidavit.
Did you know?
There are provisions to restrict the movements of foreign nationals in the Foreigner’s Act, which can be applied to regulate their entry.