Srinagar: In a fresh contempt petition, J&K high court has issued notice to Regional Passport Officer, Srinagar to answer why passport is being denied to Sama Shabir Shah, the daughter of senior pro-freedom leader Shabir Ahmad Shah. The court has asked the officer to reply by July 31.
The court issued notice through Assistant Solicitor General (ASG), Tahir Majid Shamsi after counsel Wajid prayed before court that the order passed by court on July 10, 2018 was categorically refused.
On July 10, 2018 High Court had directed state authorities to decide on issuance of passport to Sama within two weeks, but to this date no passport has been issued to her.
Sama, who applied for passport six months ago, was compelled to file petition before high court after she was denied the same on one or the other reason.
She herself argued before court that from last six months the authorities were not coming clear on whether to issue passport or not. She submitted before court that she is a student and wants to pursue LLB course through University of Manchester for which passport is necessarily asked. She stated that already she had lost enough time and cannot afford to lose one year.
Sama, who cleared the 12 class CBSE examination with top position, is planning to pursue LLB (Bachelor of Law) course through University of Manchester, London and is supposed to complete the formalities by the end of this month, otherwise the admission will be cancelled based on non-completion of documents.
Her family said they have only one week to complete the formalities and in case passport is not issued within this time, “we fear that Sama may lose admission in the university”.
The family said that the online status of passport application says it is under review. “It has given us some hope that something may happen.”