Toronto : Apna Punjab Media: An India immigration agent, currently incarcerated in a Canada in relation to allegedly using forged documents to secure admission for several students from Punjab to Canadian institutions, has denied the charges levelled against him.
In his first appearance at a hearing related to an immigration case in this regard on Wednesday, Brijesh Mishra, who was detained and charged by Canadian authorities in June this year, said, “They are blaming me to cover their mistakes.
Mishra appeared via video link in a case involving one of the alleged ex-student victims Karamjjt Kaur. It was held before an immigration tribunal in Toronto. This was also his first public appearance at a trial in Canada.
He claimed he was only involved in recruiting students for Australian higher education institutions till August 2019.
Earlier this year, several ex-students from India, mainly Punjab, faced deportation from Canada as the documents they had used to enter the country were found to be forged. These students arrived in Canada between 2017 and 2019, and in rare instances, in 2020. They started receiving notices from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in 2021 and last year, for a hearing as the agency concluded the letter of offer of admission to a Canadian higher education institution, which formed the basis of their study permits, was “fake.