TRAVEL BAN FOR CPR MISUSE [Daily Tribune (Bahrain)]
(Daily Tribune (Bahrain) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ? ? An expatriate worker, who claimed that he had `innocently' left his Central Population Registration (CPR) card with his former employer, got the biggest shock of his life when he was slapped with a `travel ban' by a telecom company in the Kingdom. Rajiv Sankara Pillai, 32, working as a curtain maker at Star Emirates Furnishing Company for almost a year now, was greatly surprised when the telecom company informed him that he was liable to pay BD640 for the six sim cards that were taken with the use of his CPR card. Prior to his present job, Mr.
Pillai was working with the Thomson Jr. Builders since 2009. "A year ago, I decided to leave Bahrain and settled all deals with the company.
Upon their request, I gave back my CPR as I had no intentions of coming back then. Subsequently, on being offered a better job, I came back to Bahrain six months later. Now, I learned that the old company had given a guarantee letter in my name, using my CPR, to the telecom company, based on which the company has charged me," Mr. Pillai told DT News. Regretting that he handed over the CPR to his old company, Mr. Pillai said that he did not dream of being caught or involved in such a trap when he did that. "I tried to approach the company – unfortunately, only one person from the company is in Bahrain and he denied any knowledge of such a deal. He told me to file a case," he said. Mr. Pillai, who approached the Indian Embassy's monthly Open House yesterday, said that he earns only BD120 a month with which he has to support a family back home and could not afford to hire a lawyer. "The thought that I cannot go home, even in case of an emergency, is disturbing me," he said. Ambassador Dr. Mohan Kumar directed Mr. Pillai to meet him in his office on Monday and assured that the embassy will provide legal assistance in the case. Dr. Kumar observed that it was a `rare case' where a company has been involved in `misusing' the employee's CPR card. ? ?
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