Chandigarh man arrested for concealing criminal record in passport application

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An accused of immigration fraud and human trafficking, who carries a cash reward of 1 lakh on his head, was convicted by Chandigarh police for concealing his criminal record in his passport application.

According to a complaint from the Chandigarh Regional Passport Officer, Himansh Verma, a resident of Sector 8, was arrested for immigration and human trafficking racketeering in Jalandhar in November 2021.

He was also accused in a multi-million dollar bank scam and his house in Sector 8 had been seized by the Law Enforcement Branch. His involvement in other frauds is also under investigation.

However, when applying for a passport, he did not disclose details of the charges brought against him by the police. A case under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and Passports Act has been registered against him at Sector 3 Police Station.

In immigration fraud being investigated by Jalandhar Police Commissioner, Verma, the managing director of Navrattan Group of Companies, with offices in Mumbai, Chandigarh and other cities, faces charges of cheating and criminal conspiracy, with his accomplices, suspected of being high profile singers and representatives of the embassies of many countries.

According to Jalandhar police, Verma set up the Navrattan group of companies as a front for his illegal business of sending people abroad. He lured people in by telling them they could reach the United States through Mexico. He also sent hundreds of people to Hungary with the promise of sending them to the United States via Mexico. Many of these people are said to be missing and are suspected of having been victims of human trafficking.

When Jalandhar police brought Verma to his home in Sector 8 on October 15, 2021, he escaped after pushing a constable.

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