Don’t punish daughter for dad’s folly: HC
Reported by Mayura Janwalkar in DNA on 07.02.08
HC tells police to explain why passport renewal application of JM Joshi’s daughter was not cleared
Criminality can’t be inherited. That is the message Bombay High Court conveyed to Mumbai Police on Wednesday, while hearing a petition filed by gutkha baron Jagdish Joshi’s 25-year-old daughter, Hemlata. Her passport renewal application was apparently put on hold owing to her father’s alleged underworld links.
Hemlata, a Powai-resident, made a passport renewal application to the Regional Passport Office in June 2007. When her application was not processed, Hemlata, director of a Dubai company and president of Fitness Hub and Spa in Powai, filed an RTI application in October 2007 to check the status of her passport. She has still not got any response.
However, in a report submitted to the court on Wednesday, police alleged that Hemlata’s father, Jagdish, had links with Dawood Ibrahim and his brother, Anees. Hence, “it was possible” that she had abetted in the alleged crimes.
Questioning the police’s refusal to give Hemlata a clearance for passport renewal, Justice SB Mhase and Justice VK Tahilramani asked, “So how do you suppose that the daughter of an alleged criminal is also a criminal?”
Justice Mhase told the public prosecutor, “There is a common belief that one should never marry a police officer’s daughter, because she brings with her their bad habits. Going by your (police) logic, should we accept this belief?”
“When there is an inference drawn, there have to be good reasons for it,” said the judges, and asked police to explain the reasons for denying Hemlata the much needed clearance. The investigating officer in the case was told to appear in court on February 11.