The officer also defended the decision saying that there were regular media advertisements and ‘Adalats’ to help those whose applications were rejected, but the services were not utilised.
In a statement on his official Twitter handle, the 51-year-old said he had never hidden or denied that he holds a Canadian passport.
While it takes 30 days at Lalbagh Passport Seva Kendra, it is 29 at Marathahalli; waiting time is worse in Jalahalli POPSK at 41 days.
Several cases of people travelling on fake documents from Jordan to India have surfaced.
Independent candidate Dhruv Lal in Amethi Lok Sabha constituency complained that Gandhi had alleged discrepancies in his election affidavit.
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Besides the passports, the court was told that Modi possessed multiple residency cards, some of them expired, but covering countries/regions such as the UAE, Singapore and Hong Kong.
On Monday, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi announced the Centre cancelled passports of 45 NRIs for abandoning their wives.
The Regional Passport Officer said that only 200 applications out of 62,271 applications received at the 14 POPSKs are pending as on January this year.
Inquiries into the passport tampering racket run by Mohd Abdul Raheemuddin revealed that some of the gang’s clients have, in fact, succeeded in obtaining visa to foreign countries.
A section in each of these offices has been earmarked for issue of passports with two staffers provided by the postal department.
Over 290 passport centres have been opened in the country and the aim is to have such facilities in all 543 Lok Sabha constituencies, he said.
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India jumped two positions from 81st in 2018 to 79th this year. Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal ranked further low at 104, 102 and 94 respectively.
Further, the Minister stated that the misplaced passports have been declared as 'lost' in the passport database.
It can also be made clear that till the loan is cleared, passport would not be handed over and in case of failure passport may be temporarily cancelled, Justice S Vaidyanathan said.