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Kerala High Court quashes criminal proceedings against Chicking MD, AK Manzoor in passport case

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Kerala High Court granted relief to AK Manzoor the Managing Director of Chicking,a swift growing fast food chain as it quashed the proceedings against him, in a case registered at Nedumbassery Police station under sections 468, 471 of IPC and 12 (B) and 12 (D) of Indian passports act .

The FIR had been registered on 23 May 2016 based on a complaint filed by Ashiq Mohammed Thajudheen, a native of Thiruvananthapuram alleging that Manzoor had travelled to Dubai using an illegal passport. The investigating officer in his report submitted in before the Court, had stated that Mansoor travelled from Nedumbassery to Dubai using a cancelled passport. The court observed that even if it is assumed that the report ist rue, that did not attract any offence as he had a valid passport on the date oft ravel. ‘If the passport had been cancelled the airport authorities should not have allowed him tot ravel’, opined the Court.

B.Raman Pillai, the counsel for Mansoor submitted that both his passports were tied together and the immigration officials mistakenly affixed the seal on the cancelled one. Admitting this the Justice K. Abraham Mathew quashed the proceedings in the case.