Got a response from passport office on 27/12/2007 for the delay in the passport. This is what they have told us:
"Please refer to your application on the subject cited above. Your application for grant of passport facilites received vide No E/.... on 20/02/2007. The case was referred to passport office, bhopal commissioner of police, hyderabad and bangalore on 21/02/207.
Police filed verification report from Dy. Commissioner of police, cyberabad, hyderabad, received for the period of 8 months on 10/03/2007.
Reminder was issued to passport office bhopal and commissioner of police, Bangalore on 14/03/2007
Final reminder was issued to passport office bhopal and commissioner of police, bangalore on 30/10/2007 giving time period to reply. Since no reply was received from passport office, bhopal and commissioner of police, bangalore, the passport facilities were granted presuming their no objection and the passport no G.... issued and dispatchd on 04/12/2007"
We are filing a first appeal today to ask the exact rules for how long they are supposed to wait in such cases (of no reply from other passport offices/police) and also provide documentary evidence for the same.
Also, we had applied for statistics on the average time taken for issue of passport etc for which they had not replied.
Thanks again for a great forum, I hope to contribute my bit over time.