Updated: June 16, 2021 3:06:58 am
Pulling up her counsel for filing a “vague” application by not making the passport authority a party to the case, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday adjourned till June 25 the hearing on a plea by actor Kangana Ranaut seeking renewal of her passport.
Denying her counsel’s request to schedule the hearing on an earlier date, pleading the actor had to join a film shoot, a division bench of Justice Prasanna B Varale and Justice Surendra P Tavade said, “Her schedule can be arranged accordingly.”
The interim application filed through advocate Rizwan Siddiquee said Ranaut had applied for a renewal as her passport was nearing expiry in September. As per the plea, the Passport Authority of India has raised objections citing an FIR against her.
In October 2020, the Bandra police station had registered an FIR against Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel under various sections of the IPC, including sedition, following controversial statements made by the duo.
On Tuesday, advocate Rizwan Merchant, representing complainant Munawwar Ali Sayyed, opposed the interim application and submitted that if the passport authority has passed any order, it would be appealable under the Passport Act before the competent appellate authority and not before the HC. When the HC inquired if the authority had raised the objection in writing, Ranaut’s counsel responded in negative, adding it was conveyed orally.
The court then asked him to add the passport authority as a party to the case and said it cannot pass any order without hearing the authority. When Siddiquee sought an earlier date for hearing, the HC said, “If the applicant was vigilant, she would have given all the details to the counsel. June 25 is the earlier date which we can grant you.”
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