Kerala police to stop issuing clearance certificate to persons going abroad


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Thiruvananthapuram: In the wake of High Court order, Kerala police will cease issuing clearance certificate to persons going abroad and the state police chief has issued a circular.

The HC had earlier observed that issuance of clearance certificate on the basis of the conduct of person comes under the ambit of the union government.

Usually clearance certificate is required for those individuals going abroad for jobs and all.

Kerala police can issue a certificate to persons which will validate that the person is not involved in criminal activities. However, this certificate is not issued for those going abroad but in the state seeking clearance for job. For this certificate, the individual either need to file an application with district police chief or station house officers. Similarly, if there are valid reasons, the individual can submit it through a third person who is authorised.

The application fee will be Rs 500. Once the application is submitted officials will verify about the person and issue certificate.

If the person is booked under some criminal cases, then certificate won’t be issued and another letter stating the case details will be issued. However, those booked in petty or traffic violation cases are eligible to get the certificate.

If the applicant frames incorrect information, application will be rejected.

Meanwhile, the HC decision was over the rationale that certain countries demand good conduct certificate and for this either union government or its agency should have powers to issue it.

During the judgement, HC cited that for jobs in Kuwait such certificate is mandatory and regional passport office has been issuing such a certificate.

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