Can someone’s passport be canceled on the basis of marital dispute? The Delhi High Court has made a big comment about this. The Delhi High Court on Thursday said that a person’s passport cannot be revoked due to marital dispute without giving him a chance to present his case. The court has said that the cancellation of passport is a drastic step and cannot be done without hearing the favor of the affected person.
Justice Pratibha M. Singh made this remark on the plea of a person whose passport was canceled in May last year due to a marital dispute. He had sought a stay on the May 2020 Central Government order canceling the passport. The court told the central government that on the basis of matrimonial dispute, it could not hold back someone’s passport forever. The court has said that this is just a matrimonial quarrel and why don’t you restore his passport. The court told the government that what you are doing is very wrong, why are you favoring someone.
The central government told the court that once a passport is revoked, it cannot be reinstated. The government said that the petitioner will have to apply afresh for the passport. The petitioner has claimed that he was neither given any notice before the cancellation of the passport nor a chance to present his case. In response, the Central Government told the court that the petitioner was given an opportunity to present his case before the Indian Mission in Houston, USA.
Seeks affidavit from the Ministry of External Affairs
After this, the court has asked the Ministry of External Affairs to file an affidavit. In this, the government has been asked to tell whether the petitioner was given a chance to present his case before the Indian Mission before the passport was canceled. The government has been asked to reply before the next hearing of the case on 23 April.