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Foreigners (amendment) bill passed in LS

New Delhi: The Foreigners (Amendment) Bill, 2004, seeking to strengthen the provisions relating to overstay, entry in restricted areas and using forged passport by a foreigner was passed by the Lok Sabha here Friday. The Bill enables a court to sentence a person staying in the country with a forged passport up to eight years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 as against only two years of punishment. With the increase in the imprisonment term, the bail could now only be granted by a Session Judge rather than a First Class Magistrate, Minister of State for Home Haren Pathak said in the House.

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