Q: One of my friend is an accused under Section 67 in The Information Technology Act, 2000 for sending lewd messages to a girl on Orkut. He currently attends the cases against him and the case is still not resolved. His passport is expired and wants to reapply for passport renewal. Can he apply for same ? Is it mandatory to fill all the details of the pending case in the passport form. How does the passport office does the background check for the people who apply for passports. Kindly guide him.
A: Yes, he can apply for passport during the Pendency of the case, however the passport is granted with a limited validity, and with permission of court or authorities dealing with the case, so also the passport department works in coordination with the Police so they are interconnected in relation to details of a person.