Bains, pass­port of­fice at log­ger­heads over show-cause no­tice

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - PUNJAB - Jatin­der Kaur Tur

CHANDI­GARH: Lok In­saaf Party (LIP) MLA Si­mar­jeet Singh Bains and the re­gional pass­port of­fice here are at log­ger­heads over the is­suance of a show-cause no­tice is­sued to Bains for wil­fully hid­ing the facts re­gard­ing crim­i­nal cases against him while ap­ply­ing for a tatkal pass­port.

While the 15-day pe­riod given to Bains for re­ply­ing to the no­tice is al­ready over, the MLA from Atam Na­gar in Lud­hi­ana claimed that he re­ceived the no­tice just 4-5 days ago af­ter he re­turned from Aus­tralia re­cently.

Talk­ing to HT over phone, he said. “I am yet to re­ply to the no­tice but I didn’t hide any in­for­ma­tion while ap­ply­ing for the tatkal pass­port.”

He added that he has also sent a com­plaint to the ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­istry about the mal­prac­tices in the pass­port depart­ment and sought an ap­point­ment with ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj in this re­gard.

Re­gional pass­port of­fi­cer (RPO) Sibash Kabi­raj said they would give 2-3 ad­di­tional days to Bains and is­sue a fi­nal no­tice to the leg­is­la­tor for sub­mit­ting his re­ply, fail­ing which his tatkal pass­port will be im­pounded and can­celled. Bains claimed he had pro­duced the same dec­la­ra­tion to the re­gional pass­port of­fice re­gard­ing the crim­i­nal cases pend­ing against him as he had sub­mit­ted to the elec­tion com­mis­sion while fil­ing his nom­i­na­tion pa­pers be­fore assem­bly elec­tions last year.

The RPO main­tained that he was sup­posed to fill all in­for­ma­tion in his on­line dec­la­ra­tion form which he failed to do. “The pass­port of­fice got to know about the same in po­lice ver­i­fi­ca­tion re­port.”

He added, “The MLA should first file his re­ply and if we are con­vinced that the in­for­ma­tion was left out due to gen­uine ig­no­rance, we shall can­cel the no­tice and no ac­tion will be taken. But if he is found guilty of wil­fully hid­ing the in­for­ma­tion, his pass­port would be re­voked.” There are nearly a dozen crim­i­nal cases pend­ing against Bains in courts of Lud­hi­ana and Nawan­shahr.

Si­mar­jeet Singh Bains

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