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Can’t deny passport for seeking political asylum abroad: HC

The Delhi High Court has held that a person’s decision to seek political asylum in a foreign country in the past can’t be a valid ground for denying him an Indian passport.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru said applying for political asylum may result in bad publicity for a country “but that does not mean that same is prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India” and “said action cannot be considered as a ground for denying passports”.

The court made the observation in its judgment on the petitions of three men — Kulvir Singh, Inderdeep Chamber and Bhupinder Singh Nijjar — who had applied for political asylum in European countries while they were overseas.

The court set aside the decisions of the Chief Passport Officer to deny passports to the three.
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