2 yrs after Pak national got driving licence on Pune address, RTO and police wake up

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A Pakistan national has come under the scanner of Pune police and Regional Transport Office, Pune, for alleged violation of the foreigners' Act.

Mahesh Bhoolchand Tekwani (26) of Karachi, a Hindu, came to India on a Long Term Visa (LTV) and registered himself with the Thane police in June 2011. But he procured a driving licence from the RTO here in August 2011 by furnishing an address in Koregaon Park area of the city without registering his details with the Pune police, thereby violating the norms, said the police.

While Tekwani said he was "not aware of the rules", the Foreigners' Registration Office (FRO) of the Pune police is likely to submit a report on him to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The RTO, Pune, too has initiated an inquiry.

On October 1 this year, a local businessman had lodged a complaint with the Kondhwa police here in connection with a financial dispute with Tekwani. After it was known that Tekwani was from Pakistan and that he had a driving licence, The Indian Express filed an application under the RTI Act with the Pune RTO, seeking the documents submitted by Tekwani for driving licence. Records with the RTO confirmed that Tekwani was issued a driving licence (No: MH12 20110092219) on August 2, 2011, and the address given by him was Gera Garden, Flat No. 4, Koregaon Park, Pune.

However, due to "poor documentation", the RTO administration said, it misplaced Tekwani's application and other papers. To get more details, the RTO then sought information about him from the FRO. In its reply on November 26, 2013, the FRO confirmed that he was not officially registered with the Pune police when he procured a driving licence by furnishing a Pune address. According to the FRO, Tekwani's date of arrival in India is June 28, 2011. He was residing in Ulhasnagar after registering with the Thane police. He officially registered with the Pune police only on October 2, 2013.

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