Observing that the Regional Passport Office cannot sit on a passport application for days, the Bombay High Court directed it to process and decide on the application made by Monica Bedi within 12 weeks.
The Regional Passport Office (RPO) on Monday told the Bombay High Court that it cannot issue passport to Monica Bedi, actor and companion of gangster Abu Salem, if any proceeding pertaining to the offences lodged against her is pending before any criminal court.
Thirteen years after she acted in her last film of note, ‘Tirchhi Topiwale’, Monica Bedi, better known as the companion of jailed mafia don Abu Salem, has begun a new innings in Nepal, acting in a new film that could be the mirror image of her own aspirations.
The doctrine of double jeopardy protects a person from being tried and punished twice for the same offence but not from different offences arising
out of violation of different laws by the same set of facts.