Reminder sent to ED for joining travel agent properties: Top cop: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Nikhil Bhardwaj

Ludhiana, August 17

After notorious Ludhiana travel agent Nitish Ghai, who was charged in over 100 travel fraud cases by city police in 2018, came back into the spotlight with his recent arrest by Jalandhar police for tricking gullible youths into going abroad, Commissioner of Police (PC), Ludhiana, Kaustubh Sharma asked for details of all cases registered against the officer. He claimed that a reminder letter was also sent to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the seizure of Ghai’s property.

Another reason for the police action is due to the huge drama witnessed at the PC office on August 5 when Shiv Sena Punjab workers and Ghai’s family came face to face. The Shiv Sena as well as the victims of the travel fraud cases had demanded the immediate seizure of the multi-million dollar properties that Ghai had collected through his illegal travel business.

Speaking to The Tribune, the police commissioner said: ‘When over 100 FIRs were registered against Ghai in 2018 to dupe people seeking green pastures in foreign lands, the commissioner wrote to the management of the application (ED) to grab properties worth crores. by the agent. We have now written a reminder letter to the ED so that the asset seizure process can be expedited and the step will also serve as a deterrent for other fraudulent agents.

He said he also spoke to the SSP, Ferozepur, Surendra Lamba, who then, as ADCP of the police station, registered more than 100 cases against Ghai.

Sharma said now that he has asked a JCP-ranking officer to ensure justice for those duped by Ghai and also to ensure proper representation of the cases in court so that the officer can be convicted. The official must also keep regular updates regarding the seizure of their assets.

Meanwhile, CP has warned people to apply for travel or immigration visas only with registered travel agents and not to fall prey to agents such as Ghai.

Out of 104 cases, compromise found in 3

The police commissioner said no less than 104 cases have been registered against Ghai, of which a compromise has been reached in three cases. Accordingly, the court acquitted him. One case was quashed and in one case the quashing was filed in the High Court. “To date, in 98 cases, appeals have already been filed by the city police and the cases are being tried in the courts of Ludhiana. We will ensure that if a compromise is not reached in the cases, Ghai will be convicted for the crime he committed. I now personally oversee all cases,” Sharma said. The FIRs were registered against Ghai, his brother and others who ran offices namely GGI Group, Blessing Consultancy and 99 Visas Overseas at Ghumar Mandi in Ludhiana.

“Recently when the police filed a case against Paramount Immigration owner Fountain Chowk who tricked several people into issuing false visas, someone complained to me that Ghai is also a Paramount company partner. and the complainant also sent me a video of Ghai sitting with his owner. Let’s investigate the complaint, if found linked to the business, the police will take action against Ghai in accordance with the law,” said Sharma .


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