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Parminder Singh vs State Of Punjab And Others on 14 February, 2020


Civil Writ Petition No. 4152 of 2020
Date of Decision: February 14, 2020

Parminder Singh ….petitioner

State of Punjab and others ….respondents


Present: Mr. Manoj K. Sharma, Advocate
for the petitioner.

Lisa Gill, J.

This writ petition has been filed challenging order dated

14.11.2019 (Annexure P8) whereby the petitioner’s passport has been

impounded due to pendency of FIR No. 26 dated 10.11.2018 registered

under Sections 406, 498A IPC at Police Station NRI, District SAS Nagar. It

is submitted that the passport was issued to the petitioner on 24.12.2014.

The FIR in question has been registered due to a criminal dispute. It is

further submitted that the petitioner has filed CRM-M-21158 of 2019

seeking quashing of the abovesaid FIR, in which notice of motion has been

issued and it has been directed that no coercive methods be adopted against

the petitioner. The matter is stated to be pending for 25.02.2020. It is argued

that impounding of the petitioner’s passport in such a situation is unjustified.

Heard, learned counsel for the petitioner.

Learned counsel for the petitioner is unable to deny that order

dated 14.11.2019 (Annexure P8) is an appealable order in terms of Section

11 of the Passports Act, 1967. The petitioner clearly has an alternate

efficacious remedy. No ground for interference is made out at this stage.

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The petitioner is at liberty to avail the remedy of filing an

appeal in accordance with law. In case, an appeal is filed within two weeks,

the same be disposed of expeditiously by the learned Appellate Authority.

The petitioner is at liberty to raise all the pleas in this writ petition as well

any other as may be available to him, before the said appellate Authority.

Present petition is disposed of, accordingly. Needless to say,

there is no expression of any opinion on the merits or otherwise of the case.

(Lisa Gill)
February 14, 2020 Judge
Whether speaking/reasoned : Yes/No.
Whether reportable : Yes/No

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