Australian Sikh charged with selling passport to help an accused Indian to flee

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Melbourne, Oct.13 (ANI): An Australian Sikh has been accused of selling his passport for several thousand dollars to an Indian student who later fled Australia after pleading guilty to culpable driving.

Sukhcharanjit Singh, an associate of Puneet Puneet, appeared at a Melbourne Masgistrates Court this afternoon on one charge of improperly providing a passport, reports The Age.

Earlier this year, Puneet had pleaded guilty to culpable driving after his car crashed in Southbank last year, killing a Gold Coast athlete, Dean Hofstee.

Puneet failed to appear before the court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Police allege that Singh sold his passport to Puneet to allow him to leave Australia in June and reported it as lost. He made no attempt to have it replaced until after Puneet left.

Singh has applied for bail, which is likely to be heard on Thursday. (ANI)

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