HC admits petition seeking PRC for children of State Subject mother

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 22: The J&K High Court today admitted the petition filed by Renu Nanda, a State subject holder married outside the State and later divorced, seeking Permanent Residents Certificate for her children.
Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur after hearing Adv Ankur Sharma, appearing for the petition, issued notices, which were accepted by Sr AAG S S Nanda and admit the petition for hearing. Justice Thakur further directed respondents to file counter affidavit within two weeks.
During the course of hearing, Adv Ankur Sharma submitted that a discretionary power as in the present case where the children of a divorced female Permanent Resident of the State of Jammu & Kashmir are not being granted the PRC, is illegal and arbitrary.
Prof Renu Nanda is the mother of Keshav Kumar and Madhav Kumar and through the instant petition, she has sought relief for such injury caused or likely to be caused to the petitioners in the State of Jammu and Kashmir on account of non-issuance of PRC to their children. It was submitted that father of Keshav Kumar and Madhav Kumar was a non State subject and the children, who were minors at the time of divorce of their parents remained in the exclusive custody of their mother in J&K only. It was further submitted that Renu Nanda is serving in the University of Jammu as Professor and both her parents were State subjects under Section 6 of the Constitution of J&K.