The court was hearing a petition filed by Mehmood Pracha, an advocate, seeking quashing of an LOC issued against him by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to prevent him from travelling to Iraq in 2014 to carry out relief work and imposition of a Rs 10 crore penalty on the agency for its action.
Pracha said he suffered for four years for no reason and sought that the LOC against him be quashed.
The petitioner also challenged the Home Ministry's 2010 office memorandum on issuing Look-Out Circulars on the ground that it "does not flow from any enacted law".
According to the petition, Pracha came to know about the LOC only when he and five other delegates were on their way to Iraq on November 24, 2014, but were stopped from boarding their flight and an endorsement 'offloaded' was made on their passports.
The six were detained for several hours at the airport and the airport police station and their passports were impounded, the petition read.
Their passports were later suspended - an order that was eventually withdrawn on February 17, 2015, it said.
They had intended to travel to Iraq to discuss the proposed humanitarian mission, for which they had received support of many volunteers, the petitioner claimed.
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