Right to travel abroad is a basic human right: SC

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  1. In a recent judgement, the Supreme Court has held that the right to travel abroad is a genuine and basic human right like marriage and family.
  2. The judgement comes in the backdrop an appeal filed by an IPS officer who was refused permission to take a private trip abroad to visit relatives. The officer has a departmental enquiry pending against him.
  3. The Supreme Court has observed that the officer has a fundamental right to travel and that right cannot be infringed on the ground that vigilance clearance has not been given. The court has observed that the right to travel abroad is an important basic human right because it nourishes independent and self-determining creative character of the individual.
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