GUWAHATI, Jan 30 - The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has taken serious note of the findings of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) where it mentioned that former Congress Member of Parliament Mani Kumar Subba was issued passports based on false information relating to his age and place of birth.
A source in the MEA told this reporter over phone that the department would soon initiate an in-house inquiry in this regard as �there cannot be any room for any kind of complacency in such an important department.�
�It is certainly a setback and an issue to be taken up seriously,� the MEA source stated.
However, no official confirmation could be gathered from the MEA in this connection.
The developments in the MEA seem to have gained momentum after CBI in its chargesheet filed against Subba on January 27 clearly mentioned that the accused obtained three passports against two different dates and place of birth.
While passport number PO26435 dated July 5, 1999 was obtained by Subba from the Regional Passport Office, Guwahati, mentioning his date of birth as March 16, 1951, and place of birth as Harmoti, Assam, the former Congress MP obtained a diplomatic passport number 1107278 dated March 24, 2005 mentioning his date of birth as March 16, 1958, and place of birth as Harmoti, Assam. This passport had an endorsement from the Under Secretary, MEA to the effect that holder�s place of birth on the front cover of this passport may be read as Dabgram, Siliguri, Darjeeling.
�After the surrender of the diplomatic passport, Subba applied for an ordinary passport on June 18, 2009 to the Regional Passport Office, Delhi in which he mentioned his date of birth as March 16, 1958 and place of birth as Dabgram, Siliguri, Darjeeling, based on which the former MP was issued the passport no H4822984,� the CBI charge-sheet mentioned.
�Investigation thus established that this passport was issued on the basis of false information of age and place of birth,� the chargesheet maintained.
So far as the allegation regarding Subba's nationality and past criminal record is concerned, a Letter Rogatory dated July 26, 2010 has been sent to Nepal and the execution report is awaited. Hence, investigation on this aspect is kept open under Sec 173(8) of CrPC.
It needs mention here that Subba is facing the charges under Sec 420/468/471/193 IPC and Under Section 12 of the Indian Passport Act, 1967.
The court after taking cognisance of the offences has directed the accused to appear before the Court on March 14.