The Kerala High Court on Friday asked the Central government to file an affidavit in response to a petition filed by V.A. Arunkumar, son of Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan, seeking a directive to the State government to issue NoC for renewing his passport.

Justice P.R. Ramachandran Menon issued the directive when the petition came up for hearing. According to the State government, he could not be granted NoC since Vigilance inquiries were pending against him. Mr. Arunkumar is the Additional Director, IHRD.