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MEA issuing Passport under false address proof

Mar 26th 2015 at 11:32 PM

Keeping in mind of allegations of Indian passports being provided to citizens and also foreigners not living at addresses provided by them, the Delhi High Court today sought an explanation from the Centre and also the local government on the problem.

A bench of Principal Justice G Rohini as well as Justice R S Endlaw provided notices to the ministries of exterior affairs (MEA) and also home affairs (MHA) and also Delhi government and also city authorities as well as sought their replies by April 29.

"It is a really significant concern that people who are not living at their addresses have been provided passport in their name. The federal government should explain to us on this quite serious allegation increased by the petitioner (NGO)," the bench claimed.

NGO Paardarshita, in its PIL, affirmed that thousands of Indian passports have been released to foreign nationals at non-existent addresses below on the basis of untrue authorities’ confirmation reports.

It also alleged that diplomatic passports have been issued to non-diplomatic persons and claimed that this has actually resulted in human trafficking.

It additionally declared that diplomatic passports have been issued to non-diplomatic persons who "impersonate themselves as spouse and/or children of Members of Parliament that themselves accompany such individuals and also drop them off in foreign nations in exchange for substantial amount of money".

Throughout the hearing, the court asked Extra Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain whether passport workplace is doing any kind of independent verification of the addresses of persons to which the passports were being provided.

The ASG responded that the verification is being done by the authorities as well as added that if the petitioner has any kind of grievances it ought to lodge an FIR versus the perpetrators.

The NGO, in its request, declared that the Agency of Immigration has actually "forgotten the negligence’s and also illegalities" and asserted it has actually caused "compromising of the stability as well as security of our country".

It also affirmed that some corrupt passport and also special branch officials are "conniving" with each other and police of various other states to issue passports for individuals at untrue addresses.

The plea sought instructions to National Checking out Firm as well as CBI to probe the matter as well as take relevant documents as well as data source of the passport offices as well as unique branch workplaces worried to avoid meddling and also damage of evidence.

The NGO also looked for activity versus all those individuals which are involved in "unlawful noise" of issuing Indian passports on false police verification records.

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