NCC cadet Suhail Samad, 19, has become a victim of some alleged sins of his father.
He was selected a year ago for performance in some Asian countries on account of his good showing on Republic Day in 2010. But he cannot go abroad as he has been denied the passport because his father, Abdul Samad, though professedly a barber, had been allegedly involved in militant activities. He had been apprehended by the security forces and detained under the Public Safety Act on June 11, 1996. The court quashed the case and he was released on October 7, 1997.
“He (father) has never had any links with militancy but his past is still haunting us,” Suhail added.
Suhail, the eldest of five siblings, hasn’t seen life outside his hamlet in Kanmoh, near Srinagar. He has approached court against the state government's ‘unwritten’ passport policy, which says the kin of militants cannot get the passport.
"NCC cadets are sent as part of a cultural exchange programme to these countries for 15-30 days," said Suhail, who was chosen for the foreign trip by the director general (DG) of the NCC.
"I was selected after rigorous interviews by high-ranking army officials including the NCC DG and two brigadier-rank officers," said Suhail, a second-year BSc student of Gandhi Memorial College in Srinagar.
Suhail was given a tatkal passport for 365 days last year, with the promise that a valid passport would be issued in three months. "The passport expired as I had not received the travel invite but once I went for renewal I was told my CID verification was adverse and I can't get the passport," he said.
When contacted, CID IG BN Srinivasan refused to comment.
Jammu and Kashmir HC advocate Mir Shafaqat Hussain, who is fighting Suhail’s case said: “After moving from pillar to post, we have filed a case. A person can be denied passport only if there is a case registered against him or if he is involved in any subversive activities. How can he (Suhail) be held responsible for what his father had allegedly done (so many) years ago”?