Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)
Mangaluru, Mar 20: The Canadian government has deported Crasta Anne Flavia (52), a native of this city for living in that country without any valid documents. It is gathered that she had lived in Canada without any passport or other documents for 13 years before getting expelled from there. Flavia was taken into custody on her arrival at Mumbai on Friday March 17 from Canada.
On being produced in a court in the metro, Flavia was remanded to custody till Monday March 20.
It is gathered that Flavia was divorced by her husband in 2002. Flavia came to know a travel agent from the city who procured a fake passport for her. He charged Rs 50,000 for getting the passport. Flavia claims that after reaching Canada, the agent went missing along with her passport and other documents. She was granted an asylum there, which was renewed every year for the last 13 years.
On the basis of this information, the officials are trying to connect the details and match with the case that pertains to the year 2004.
In Montreal, Flavia succeeded in getting asylum but when she sought permanent residence there in the recent past, the court objected to her request. It is gathered that she had worked for a private firm and also as a domestic help when in Canada. After the Canadian government refused to extend the asylum or grant permanent residential status to her, Flavia approached Indian high commission at Ottawa, which issued emergency certificate to enable her to return to India. Senior inspector of Sahar police station, B T Mukhedkar, stated that Flavia faces a case of cheating immigration officials. He said that the department is looking at how she cleared immigration formalities and then lived in Canada for 13 years without any documents.
Prabhakar Tripathi, an advocate who represents Flavia, says that his client had been cheated by the travel agent who had arranged her passport and visa.