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Inclusion of Biological Mother’s Name in Passport Instead of Step Mother’s Would Not Cause any ‘Prejudice’: P&H HC

The High Court of Punjab and Haryana directed the Regional Passport Office to allow an applicant’s request for inclusion of her biological mother’s name in her passport, instead of her step-mother’s name. The bench of Justice BS Walia allowed the writ petition filed by one Divya Nagpal, on noting that “no prejudice would be caused to either of the parties in the eventuality the name of the Petitioner’s biological mother is mentioned in her passport.” The Petitioner had moved the High Court stating that her biological mother’s name is reflected in her birth certificate, educational certificates as well as Aadhar Card, therefore, correction sought in the passport is only by incorporation of name of the biological mother instead of the step mother to avoid any kind of difficulty during travel or in studies abroad.

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