HC seeks Centre’s reply on Tytler’s plea against seizing of passport

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court sought response of the Centre on a plea by Congress leader Jagdish Tytler challenging an order of the passport authority impounding his passport for allegedly furnishing false details to them.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru took on record the submission of Additional Solicitor General Maninder Acharya that Tytler is at liberty to apply afresh for passport and his application will be considered uninfluenced from previous proceedings.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on March 6 next year. Tytler, in his plea, claimed that the passport officer has passed the impounding order, for allegedly furnishing false details for renewal of his travel document, in a “most highhanded and arbitrary manner”.

The order was passed by the regional passport officer on March 28, which was challenged before the appellate authority. The latter dismissed the appeal, after which the Congress leader approached the High Court.