HC asks Chief Passport Officer to decide appeal of Mehbooba’s mother

HC asks Chief Passport Officer to decide appeal of Mehbooba’s mother
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Srinagar: The High Court of J&K and Ladakh Wednesday asked Chief Passport Officer, New Delhi to decide within two weeks the statutory appeal filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti’s mother, Gulshan Nazir.

A bench of Justice Sanjeev Kumar also issued notice to the passport officer and others on Gulshan’s plea.

The petitioner is aggrieved of the “inaction” on the part of the Chief Passport Officer, New Delhi in not deciding the statutory appeal filed under Section 11 of the Passport Act, 1967 against the order of passport officer refusing to issue passport as communicated to her on 26 March 2021.

The passport application of Gulshan has been rejected following an adverse Police report.

Mehbooba’s application for a passport was also rejected following which she had approached the High Court for the document but her petition was dismissed.

According to PDP leaders, the mother and daughter, who had applied for fresh passports in December last year, wanted to perform Umrah, a pilgrimage to Makkah which can be undertaken at any time of the year.

According to a letter sent to Gulshan, the Regional Passport Office informed her that the Jammu and Kashmir Police’s CID Department had not cleared her passport application under Section 6 (2) (c) of the Passports Act.