She also stated before the court that she had made an effort by approaching the Respondent No. 5/Sr. Superintendent of Police on February 13, 2021 and requested him to forward the said police report to the passport office. However, there had been no change in the status of the issuance of her passport till date. She further said that she has a right under Article 21 of the Constitution to hold a passport. The petition read:
"The delay in issuing a passport in favour of the petitioner is an act that is not in conformity with the constitutional mandate and the provisions of the Passport Act. The delay occasioned in issuing the passport in favour of the petitioner has an effect of imposing restrictions on the rights of the petitioner vested upon her by the Constitution of India, which guarantees her freedom to travel abroad.”Therefore, Mufti wanted to seek directions from the High Court on the same matter, in order to direct the Respondents to issue her passport speedily. Order of the Court The Additional Solicitor General of India, TM Shamsi on being asked upon the court submitted, the Respondent No. 4 (Passport Officer, Srinagar) has already sought information from the Additional Director General of Police (CID), J&K.
It also stated, “It is essential to state here that right to travel abroad inheres in right to life and liberty as guaranteed under Article 21 of the constitution of India.”
Therefore, while issuing a notice to MEA, Regional Passport Officer and Additional Director-General of Police among others, the court remarked:
"It is made clear the pendency of writ petition shall not form any impediment for the police agency to expedite the verification."The matter will be heard again on March 23, 2021.