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Bribe-for-Visa racket exposed in Rajasthan

The Home Ministry said on Monday that it was reviewing its internal processes after a Ministry official was arrested by the Rajasthan Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for allegedly extorting money from Hindu migrants from Pakistan.

The Union home ministry will hold an internal inquiry into alleged irregularities in the process of granting long-term visa to Pakistani immigrants in the wake of the arrest of one of its officials on charges of accepting bribe from some applicants, officials said.

P.K. Mishra, a senior secretariat assistant in the Home Ministry was arrested last week, along with three middlemen, as he was caught accepting money from them at a hotel in Jodhpur. The official visited the city regularly to attend hearings on writ petitions from Pakistani Hindu migrants in the Rajasthan High Court.

The ministry has also ordered officials to clear the pending applications of religious minorities from Pakistan seeking Indian citizenship or extension of their long-term visa.

“We have sought a report from the Rajasthan police and based on it, we will conduct a further inquiry,” said a Ministry spokesperson.

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