After Mehbooba Mufti’s Daughter Approaches Court docket For Passport, Kashmir Police’s Reply


In search of dismissal of the writ petition filed by PDP president Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter for issuance of a passport, the felony investigation division wing of police has knowledgeable the Excessive Court docket right here that her remaining verification report was forwarded to the involved division final month.

Iltija,35, sought the intervention of the Excessive Court docket in February, whereby she said that her passport was on account of expire on January 2 and subsequently she had utilized for a recent one prematurely on June 8, final yr.

“The Passport as per the instruction guide is anticipated to be dispatched inside roughly 30 days…the inaction is discriminatory in nature and unconstitutional,” she stated in her writ petition earlier than the court docket.

She stated the passport is required instantly by her as she intends to use for acquiring a grasp’s diploma in sustainable growth from outdoors the nation.

In his response via the counsel, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), headquarters, CID J&Okay knowledgeable the court docket that the ultimate passport verification report in respect of the petitioner has been forwarded to the Regional Passport Officer, Srinagar on February 16.

“That the petitioner has no floor to method the Court docket in opposition to the answering respondent as a result of not one of the proper, whether or not basic or authorized, has been infringed by the answering respondent,” the officer stated in his reply.

He stated the petitioner has wrongly impleaded the division as social gathering respondent within the immediate matter because the CID has a mere informative position within the passport proceedings and neither any reduction has been or could possibly be sought from it.

“The answering respondents division (CID) primarily is an intelligence wing of the federal government of J&Okay and has a restricted position to the extent of discreetly verifying the character/Antecedents of individuals on the suggestions of the competent authorities. The position of CID ends as quickly because the report is forwarded,” he stated.

The SSP knowledgeable the court docket that the CID has no prerogative of deciding whether or not or to not situation the passport, which is the only area of passport authorities involved having a statutory mandate to that extent.

“The passport Authorities as quasi-judicial authorities, resolve the purposes after conducting inquiry whereby reviews are sought from totally different companies, together with Police, CID and many others. The report of the CID has solely an assistive and never decisive position in such situations. It’s the discretion of the Passport Authority to rely or to not depend on the report of the CID primarily based on its subjective satisfaction,” the officer stated.

He stated “the contentions or grounds taken by the petitioner don’t maintain any advantage as far as the answering respondent has not dedicated any discrimination or arbitrariness with a purpose to infringe the rights of the petitioner. The current writ petition is bereft of advantage and deserved to be dismissed with prices.” Earlier, in March 2021, Mehbooba and her 80-year-old mom Gulshan Nazir had been refused a passport after J&Okay police opposed citing an “hostile report” in opposition to her.

Mehbooba’s passport expired on Could 31, 2019 and she or he utilized for a recent passport on December 11, the subsequent yr, whereas her mom, the spouse of former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed utilized for a similar in 2020 to undertake a spiritual pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

Mehbooba’s passport software remains to be pending however the authorities launched the passport of her mom in early February on the instructions of J&Okay Excessive Court docket. 

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