In a relief to DMK party treasurer Durai Murugan, the Madras High Court on Thursday quashed the order of the Regional Passport Office (RPO) denying the reissue of passport to him. It also directed the RPO to consider his application afresh within four weeks.
But since the booklet got fully used owing to his frequent travel to participate in various cultural, social and political programmes, he had applied for reissue of passport on November 9, 2018. But, despite filling all the relevant columns and annexing the requisite supporting documents as sought for, the application for reissue of passport was rejected on the ground that a criminal case pending against him, he added.
The criminal case cited relates to the Rs 1.4 crore disproportionate wealth case filed against Durai Murugan and his wife under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
Advocate Richard Wilson appearing on behalf of Durai Murugan had contended that the petitioner himself had disclosed the pending revision petition and since no case was pending in any criminal court, Section 6(2) of the Indian Passport Act referred by the RPO to deny Durai Murugan a passport was not applicable.