The Centre has justified its move to deny a passport to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's sister, Haseena Ibrahim Parker, by claiming before the Delhi High Court that she cannot be allowed to go abroad in view of extortion charges against her.
"She cannot be issued a passport as she is being tried for criminal offences in Mumbai. We have got a detailed report from Mumbai police and we would file our response on her plea," advocate Sanjeev Kumar Dubey, appearing for the Centre, contended before Justice S Ravinder Bhat of Delhi High Court, while seeking time to file its response. The Government's response came on a petition filed by Haseena Ibrahim, seeking the court's direction to it to issue her a passport.
She had applied for a passport but Regional Passport Office in December 2006 had refused her plea on the ground that she might not come back to India if she travels abroad using a passport.
Haseena, who has been booked by Mumbai police on extortion charges, contended in her petition that it was her fundamental right to get a passport and travel abroad. The Mumbai police had registered an FIR against Haseena on April 21, 2007 on the complaint of an real estate agent alleging that she had kept for herself one crore rupees which was given by him for slum rehabilitation. The trial court later granted bail to Haseena and her associate in May 2007.