Passport issuing officials cannot insist an applicant to mention his father’s name in the travel document
No legal requirement for insisting upon the father’s name in the passport: Delhi HC
NEW DELHI: Passport issuing officials cannot insist an applicant to mention his father’s name in the travel document, the Delhi high court said on Monday. Reiterating its earlier judgment on the issue, the HC made it clear that there is “no legal requirement for insisting upon the father’s name in the passport”.
The order by Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva came while hearing a plea by a man whose request for renewal of passport was rejected by the regional passport office in Delhi on the ground that he failed to mention the name of his father. The authorities also cancelled his existing passport which was valid till June 2017 after reviewing their decision on the same ground.
In his plea, the petitioner told the court that a passport was issued to him in June 2007 with 10 years validity and he had applied for its renewal this year. Since his mother had divorced his father in 2003 on account of desertion and neglect, the applicant refused to acknowledge him as his father in the passport form.
The petitioner urged the HC to intervene saying that since the passport was to expire before the conclusion of his course in Australia, he applied for issuance of a fresh one. During the arguments, the passport authority told the court that it was mandatory to provide the father’s name since its software does not accept applications without that. The court directed for a passport to be issued to the person within three working days.
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Keywords: Passport, Child Custody, Law Against Men, India, Law Misuse