Delhi

HC seeks reply from Central govt, passport authorities, Sushil Ansal

On plea alleging passport fraud by Uphaar cinema convict

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought responses of the Centre, the passport authorities and Sushil Ansal, who was convicted in the 1997 Uphaar cinema fire that killed 59 people, on a plea alleging that he played a fraud on authorities while getting his passport renewed.

Justice Najmi Waziri directed the Chief Passport Officer to produce the applications filed by Ansal for renewal of his passport and listed the case for further hearing on October 3.

The plea by Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) chairperson Neelam Krishnamoorthy alleged that the real estate tycoon held two passports, which showed that they were issued and renewed without following the proper procedure. “It is a matter of record that Sushil Ansal has never taken a no objection for either issuance of a fresh passport or renewal of his existing passport from any of the courts in the last 21 years,” AVUT’s complaint filed through Ms. Krishnamoorthy stated.

Ms. Krishnamoorthy, who lost two children in the tragedy, has been fighting a legal battle on behalf of the victims’ families for the last 20 years.

She said if Ansal has different passport number, he has either got a fresh passport or got his earlier passport renewed by concealing that he has been convicted in the main Uphaar case by the Supreme Court and is also facing criminal trial pending in a local court here.

Passport can be issued to a citizen against whom criminal proceedings are pending only after permission is granted by the trial court.

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