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J&K HC Seeks Response from External Ministry over Mehbooba Mufti’s Passport Issuance Plea, Gives two weeks of Time

Lawstreet Journal 11 Mar 2021 3:39pm

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A plea was filed by Mehbooba Mufti, the former Chief Minister of J&K and President of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over a delay on the issue of her passport for allegedly wanting police verification. The J&K High Court on Monday (March 8, 2021), explicitly pursued the government’s response on the same matter. 

The matter was heard by Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey. Mufti was represented by Senior Counsel Jahangir Iqbal Ganai who submitted before the Bench that his client had applied for a fresh passport in December 2020 after the expiration of her former passport on May 31, 2019. 

Submissions

It was submitted before the court of law that the passport is supposed to be issued within 30 days as per circular instructions of the Ministry of External Affairs. However, in the matter in issue, it had been more than 3 months. Mufti was enlightened by the status of her passport by the tracking facility available in the Passport Officer’s website which stated the same as ‘Pending for physical verification at respective Thana under SP office, District Srinagar.’

She also stated before the court that she had made an effort by approaching the Respondent No. 5/Sr. Superintendent of Police on February 13, 2021 and requested him to forward the said police report to the passport office. However, there had been no change in the status of the issuance of her passport till date. 

She further said that she has a right under Article 21 of the Constitution to hold a passport. 

The petition read: 

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