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Look Out Circulars deprive a person of his liberty: Delhi HC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today sought to know the genesis of (LOC), saying it deprives a person of his and violates the fundamental right.

"Assist me on the genesis of Because by issuing an LOC, you deprive a person of his which is a violation of a fundamental right," Justice orally said.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Mehmood Pracha, an advocate, seeking quashing of an issued against him by the (IB) to prevent him from travelling to in 2014 to carry out relief work and imposition of a Rs 10 crore penalty on the agency for its action.

The court asked the government's to do more research on and said if LOC has to be issued for an emergency situation, a law has to be there for it.

said as there was no restriction on the of Pracha, nothing remains in the matter.

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 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Their passports were later suspended - an order that was eventually withdrawn on February 17, 2015, it said.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 to discuss the proposed humanitarian mission, for which they had received support of many volunteers, the petitioner claimed.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 21:40 IST