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Passport Renewal Request Can't Be Denied Solely On The Basis Of Pendency of Criminal Cases: Orissa High Court

Lawstreet Journal 31 Mar 2022 8:48am

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The Orissa High Court has held that mere pendency of criminal cases cannot be the sole ground to deny renewal of passport of a person.

A Single Judge Bench of Justice Biswanath Rath observed,

The contingency prescribes herein appears to be clearly covering the case of petitioner and in the opinion of this Court there is in fact no restriction in the renewal of the passport or even grant of passport in the pendency of the criminal proceeding involving the party concerned which may be a time based renewal or grant. This Court here takes note of reason of rejection of renewal finds place in Annexure-2 where it has been clearly mentioned that in the circumstance stated therein, petitioner’s application cannot be considered under Tatkal category and at the same time he has been asked to apply under normal category.


The petitioner was  a working professional working in oilfields in the UAE. It appears petitioner had a contractual service in a firm in UAE with 30 days renewal basis. He was also been granted visa by the competent authority which was going to be expired on 17.05.2022. Finding that the passport was going to expire, as a consequence rendering Visa becomes infructuous, petitioner made an application for renewal of the passport to get Visa continuity in order to continue his service in the overseas oilfields. 

It is averred on the application being filed, petitioner had been served with a communication by the  Regional Passport Officer, Regional Passport Office,… Continue Reading...

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