After fighting a long legal battle in the Delhi High Court, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has finally been issued a passport. Mehbooba Mufti's passport had expired in 2019.
Mehbooba Mufti, President of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, has won a long legal battle in the Delhi High Court and got back her passport. Mehbooba Mufti has been issued a passport with a validity of 10 years after 3 years. The validity of her passport had expired in 2019 and she had been seeking its renewal ever since.
The passport has been issued to Mehbooba at a time when the Jammu and Kashmir High Court is to hear the petition of her daughter Iltija, challenging the decision of the passport office to grant her a country specific passport, two days later. The validity of the passport given to Mehbooba is from June 1, 2023 to May 31, 2033.
what did the high court say
Justice Pratibha M Singh, in an order in March, had said, “Considering that the matter has been remanded to the passport officer and the initial rejection was two years back, let the passport officer concerned expeditiously take a decision within three months.” ”
The counsel for the central government informed the court that an order on the appeal was passed on March 2 and the matter has been sent to the passport officer in Jammu and Kashmir for a fresh consideration. Mehbooba had in February this year sought External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s intervention to issue the passport, saying she had been waiting for it for the last three years to take her 80-year-old mother on Haj pilgrimage to Mecca. Mehbooba and her mother were denied passports in March 2021, citing an ‘adverse report’ submitted by the Jammu and Kashmir Police.