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Uphaar tragedy: AVUT seeks probe into passport ‘fraud’

NYOOOZ 2018-06-14 00:00:00

Uphaar tragedy: AVUT seeks probe into passport ‘fraud’

A citizen, against whom criminal proceedings are pending, can get a passport issued only after permission is granted by the trial court. While noting that possessing two passports at the same time by any citizen is prohibited under law, the trial court had told the AVUT to move appropriate authority with its complaint. The Association of Victims of Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) has moved a complaint to the Passport Division of the External Affairs Ministry seeking a probe into alleged discrepancy in the passport of Sushil Ansal, one of the owners of the cinema hall where 59 people were killed in the 1997 fire tragedy. Last month, a Delhi court allowed the renewal of Ansal’s passport, saying it had nothing to do with the ongoing trial against him in a case of tampering of evidence. She said if Mr. Ansal has different passport numbers, he has either got a fresh passport or got his earlier passport renewed by concealing that he has been convicted in the Uphaar case by the Supreme Court and is also facing a criminal trial pending in a local court here.

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