NEW DELHI

High Court directive to Centre

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed the Centre to issue passports to three children of Mohd Ahmed Dossa, an alleged offender in 1993 Mumbai blast case and fugitive. But the court imposed a condition that in case the activities of petitioners are found to be prejudicial to the interest of the State, the Centre would be at liberty to consider the case in accordance with law. Directing the government to issue passports to petitioners, “the respondent (Centre) has failed to examine the matter on a case to case basis and has taken a general view that because the petitioners are children of an alleged offender and fugitive, they must be denied an unconditional passport.

“Such action and the restrictions are contrary to the principles of the law and the policy of the government,” said Justice Gita Mittal in a judgment and asked the Centre for issuance of passport to them at the earliest.

“The respondent (Centre) shall issue passport to the petitioners (children) without any limitation. This order shall be subject to the condition, that in case the activities of the petitioners are found to be prejudicial, in any manner to the interest of the state, at any stage, the Centre would be at liberty to consider the case in accordance with law,” said Justice Gita Mittal. The Court was hearing a petition filed by Dossa’s daughters - Lubna Mohd Dossa, Sana and their brother Yasin, presently based in Dubai.- PTI

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