A 32-year-old man from Gujarat, has been taken into custody in Mumbai for using a fake Portuguese passport to travel to three countries in the past five years. The man, Mujib Hussain Kazi, hails from Kheda in Gujarat and was detained at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.
According to authorities, Kazi had entered the UK in 2010 on a student visa and had been living and working there illegally for an extended period after his visa had expired. He managed to obtain a Portuguese passport through an agent in 2018 and used it to travel to India, France, and the UK.
Immigration officials became suspicious of Kazi’s passport and discovered that it was flagged as a forgery in the system. They also discovered that Kazi had been visiting India at least once a year for the past three years, returning to London with the same passport each time.
Kazi has been charged with cheating, forgery, and using a counterfeit document as real under the Indian Penal Code. He has also been charged with providing false information to obtain a passport under the Passport Act, 1937.
The police and immigration officials have initiated a process to find out more about Kazi’s travel history through diplomatic channels and the Central Bureau of Investigation. They are currently in touch with the Portuguese authorities.