Model-actor Tora Borhani still has to make the rounds of the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO), Mumbai in order to get an employment visa for her Australian husband Reza despite having acquired an order form the Bombay High Court in January this year.
Despite the HC order the High Commission of India in Australia had rejected his application for an employment visa considering his history. Tora has once again approached the HC seeking that her husband be granted the employment visa within a time limit specified by the court.
Reza met Tora in Chennai in 2003, who had won the Gladrags Model Award 1997 and featured in a number of advertisements – Levi's, 7Up, Sprite, Tata Safari and Tata Tea. Later the two got married in Australia in February 2004.
In 2002, Reza, a stunts man who also practices alternate therapy like neurotherapy, had acquired a five-year working visa through a Chennai-based stunts association, Stunts Association of Chennai. According to him the work visa was an all India permit.
However, in 2003 when he booked his ticket to Australia from Mumbai, the FRRO officers imposed a penalty on him stating that his visa was restricted to only Chennai and hence he could not travel anywhere in the country.
Incidentally, he was not permitted to return to India in 2004 on the grounds that his visa was blacklisted. As he was visiting India for a friend's marriage, he was granted a tourist visa only for Delhi and Assam.
The trouble did not end there. In August 2006 when once again he visited Mumbai, he was not allowed to leave the airport. The FRRO stated that his name was blacklisted and also that they had not received necessary documents from the Indian Embassy in Australia granting him permission to enter India. Then too he was granted visa for three months.
When Tora had approached the HC in November last year, the court had directed the concerned authorities on January 23 this year to consider his application appropriately and "the entry of his name in the blacklist register should not be considered as an obstacle for issuance of the employment visa when the 2nd petitioner (Reza) now applies."
Despite conveying the HC order to the authorities, Reza's application was rejected. Tora's application states that she has conveyed the HC order to the Consulate General High Commission of India and also to the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs. But there is undue delay in processing the application in a fresh light. She has sought that the HC set a time limit for the authorities to clear Reza's application.