07 Jun 2018
Passport Can Be Impounded By Passport Authority Only, Not The Police: Bombay HC Directs CBI To Return Jignesh Shah’s Passport
In a relief to Jignesh Shah, the Bombay High Court has directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to return his passport that has been in CBI’s custody since March 13, 2014. Justice PD Naik heard the criminal revision application filed by Jignesh shah, prime accused in the multi-crore NSEL-FTIL scam. The court held that the CBI only had the authority to seize the passport which it did, but not impound it. Such powers only lie with the Passport Authority under Section 10(3) of the Passport Act, the court said.