Interfaith couple’s passports cleared, probe says Lucknow official exceeded brief | India News
Sources in Delhi additionally stated that an inner authorities probe has discovered that the passport official in Lucknow who handled the couple’s case and the police there had exceeded their transient by asking “irrelevant” questions
“The passports of Tanvi Seth and Anas Siddiqui have been cleared,” regional passport officer (RPO) Piyush Verma advised PTI in Lucknow right now.
couple had alleged harassment
+ by a passport official, saying they have been focused due to their interfaith marriage.
Piyush Verma stated there was no opposed report from the police which performed a verification of the couple below the ministry of exterior affairs tips.
He stated below the brand new MEA guidelines which got here into drive in June, the police report solely on six factors associated to prison antecedents and citizenship.
In an try and ease the police verification course of, the MEA had in June diminished the variety of questions candidates should reply from 9 to 6, limiting the deal with any prison antecedents, he stated.
The controversy arose on June 20 when Tanvi Seth and Mohammad Anas Siddiqui, who’ve been married for 12 years, wrote on Twitter that that they had been humiliated on the passport workplace in Lucknow.
They’d alleged that official Vikas Mishra requested Siddiqui to transform to Hinduism and pulled up Seth for marrying a Muslim after they went to there to file their passport functions.
On June 21, the
RPO transferred Mishra
+ to Gorakhpur and issued passports to the couple.
The couple had tagged exterior affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and following the official’s switch the
minister was trolled
+ on Twitter.
The native police despatched its report back to the RPO workplace on June 26, saying Tanvi Seth had been residing in Noida, and never Lucknow as talked about in her utility, for the previous one 12 months.
An inner authorities probe has discovered that the Lucknow passport officer was fallacious in asking the couple questions on their faith after they visited his workplace with their functions, sources stated in Delhi right now.
They stated the official had exceeded his transient.
They added that the Uttar Pradesh Police was additionally fallacious in probing concerning the place of the couple’s residence throughout the verification course of.