CHENNAI: Sticking to his guns, the senior Immigration Officer (IO) at the International Airport here expressed no regrets for detaining a woman passenger on October 29 this year due to mistaken identity, maintaining that he had acted so, as per the Look Out Circular (LOC) issued by the Interpol, CBI.
All the descriptions mentioned in the LOC with regard to the real accused Sara Williams, including name, age, colour of hair and eyes, height and place of birth matched with that of the woman passenger Sara Thomas, said Raj Narayan Singh, Assistant Foreigners Regional Registration Officer, B Batch, Chennai, in a counter-affidavit filed on Thursday.
The counter was filed in response to a Habeas Corpus Writ petition from Kevin John Sajith of Selaiyur, seeking to produce his mother Sara Thomas in the Court and set her at liberty. It came to light that Sarah Thomas was arrested, mistaking her identity with that of Sara Williams, an accused in a criminal case registered by the Punalur police in Kerala for offences under various sections of the IPC.
The Division Bench of Justices S Tamilvanan and T Mathivanan directed the Superintendent, RPO, Thiruvananthapuram to inform all the airport authorities in the country not to harass petitioner’s mother Sara Thomas, as there was no adverse information against her.