Kangana Ranaut Approaches Bombay HC After Passport Renewal Rejection

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, on the 15th of June, approached the Bombay High Court (HC) over her passport renewal rejection.

The actress in her petition said the Passport Authority had refused to renew her passport citing a FIR registered against her by the Mumbai Police. In the application, the actress said she needed to travel to Budapest this month for the shooting of her upcoming film ‘Dhakkad’ and thus, needed her passport renewed.

The Bombay HC said Ms. Ranaut failed to implead the Passport Authority as a party in the case, therefore asked her to do so and adjourned the case. In addition, the Court also said, “Ms Ranaut’s application was “vague” and did not place all relevant facts on record.”

Rizwan Siddiquee, the advocate representing Kangana Ranaut, told the bench that Ms Ranaut’s application did not contain any order of the Passport Authority that was under challenge. Mr Siddiquee said that the Passport Authority had raised a verbal objection to Ms. Ranaut’s passport renewal application.

To this, the HC bench said it could not pass any orders on mere oral submissions by a party. The High Court also noted that while Ms. Ranaut in her application had sought relief only for herself, her sister’s name was also mentioned as an applicant. In addition, when asked about an earlier date of hearing, as Ms. Ranaut has a film schedule, the HC said, “It is just a film. The schedule can be changed. First of all, the application is vague. If she (Kangana Ranaut) was so vigilant, she could have approached the court with all details in advance. It is just a matter of one week, a film production takes over a year. June 25 is the earliest date we can give.”

A bench of Justices P.B. Varale and S.P. Tavade reviewed the matter and adjourned the hearing to the 25th of June.


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