Chennai: A special court for National Investigation Agency (NIA) cases in Chennai has allowed a Sri Lankan national, arrested five years ago on espionage charges, to visit his home in Chennai to look for his old passport that has to be surrendered before the court.
Arun Selvarajah who was running an event management firm in the city was arrested by the NIA in 2014 on charges of spying at the behest of a Pakistani handler, according to reports. He was granted bail in December last year, but has been stationed at the special camp in Trichy since he is a foreign national who has a case pending against him in an Indian court.
Arun moved the court seeking directions to the deputy collector of the special camp to take him to his residence at Sailgramam in Chennai to enable him to search for his old, expired passport and to remove all items from his residence.
As per a condition of his bail order, Arun has to surrender his Sri Lankan passport to the court. According to Arun’s affidavit, his expired passport was lost and after a complaint with the state police, a fresh passport valid for a month was issued by the Sri Lankan government through its Chennai consulate in June this year. However, the NIA wanted him to explain the status of his old passport. Hence, Arun sought eight hours time for him to look for it in his residence. Special public prosecutor appearing for the NIA submitted that they have no objection except that a court officer and a NIA official be present when Arun searched the home.
After perusing the submissions, special court judge, P Chenthoorpandi passed an interim order directing the deputy collector of the camp to make necessary arrangements for Arun to visit his home in Chennai for a day to look for the old passport.