PASSPORT RENEWAL CAN’T BE DENIED DUE TO BAR ON LEAVING THE COUNTRY. Passport Renewal Case High Court Chandigarh.
The Punjab and Haryana high court has held that passport authorities can’t refuse renewal of travel documents on the ground that the person has been barred from leaving the country.
The petitioner Harijit Singh Chadha, whose passport expired in September 2019 was denied the renewal of documents in view of restriction on travel by the Regional Passport Office, Amritsar.
The passport authorities had argued that section 6(2) (g) of the Passports Act 1967, prohibits the renewal of a passport when a competent court has restrained a person from travelling abroad.
The bench of Justice Sudhir Mittal observed that the clause entitles the passport authority to refuse the renewal of a passport or travel document in case the court prohibits the departure of applicant from India however the Debt Recovery Tribunal order citied by the authority does not prohibit petitioner from leaving India as the order only prohibits them from leaving the country without prior information.
Thus the clause does not get attracted to this case. Furthermore, the court also observed that every citizen of the country is entitled to a passport under Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution which give every citizen Fundamental Right to Travel.
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