A resident of Sirsa had to spent Rs 2 lakh on a legal battle, which dragged on for one-and-a-half year, to get the place of birth corrected on his passport. Paramjit Singh, who is planning to shift to USA, finally took a sigh of relief when the court directed the RPO, Chandigarh, to make the necessary change on Wednesday this week. When Paramjit read the contents of the passport he realised that the place of birth has been wrongly mentioned. He said: “When I went to the Industrial Area Phase II passport office to get the birthplace corrected, I was asked to speak to the officers at the RPO in Sector 34 to resolve the issue. There, I was told to file a case in the court. I also tried to get in touch with the agents at the passport office who also suggested the same.”
Narrating the experience Singh said: “Initially I filed a case in the district courts in Sirsa. The trial went on for 10 long months and the evidence was completed. Then the judge changed and the new judicial officer pronounced orders that the trial court didn’t have the jurisdiction and asked me to file a fresh case in District Courts in Chandigarh.” While contesting the case, Paramjit informed the court that when he had applied for the passport, he had furnished his birth certificate wherein the place of birth is mentioned as village Jeeda (Punjab). With no relief in sight, he filed a case against the RPO in district courts, Sector 34, on May 20 this year.
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Clearing its stance, the RPO stated that Singh had initially obtained the passport on September 8, 2008. The said passport was valid up to September 7, 2018. When he applied for the passport, Paramjit himself filled up his place of birth as Mallekan in the relevant column in the application form. Hence, the passport was issued with the place mentioned by Singh.