Rahul’s passport: Swamy asked to reply by Friday

Rahul’s passport: Swamy asked to reply by Friday

One-liner: A metropolitan court on Wednesday asked former BJP MP Subramanian Swamy to file his written submissions by Friday on a plea by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for a no-objection certificate to facilitate the issuance of an ordinary passport to him after he surrendered his diplomatic passport upon his disqualification as an MP.

National Herald case: Rahul, who was disqualified as a Lok Sabha member after his conviction in a defamation case, is an accused in the National Herald case in which Swamy is the complainant. 

Rahul wants NOC: The Congress leader, whose sentence has been suspended in the defamation case filed over his remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surname, had moved the court seeking a no-objection certificate on Tuesday.

No restrictions on travel: Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vaibhav Mehta observed that while granting bail to Rahul, the court had placed no restrictions on his travel. The court, the magistrate said, had rejected Swamy's request for restrictions on Rahul's travel.

Fundamental right: The magistrate said since the right to travel is a fundamental right and the court had placed no restrictions on Rahul's movement, he travelled several times without obtaining permission from any court.

Fresh passport: Rahul's counsel Tarannum Cheema, who appeared along with advocates Nikhil Bhalla and Sumit Kumar, sought a grant of a no-objection certificate (NOC) to the Congress leader so he could secure a fresh passport.

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