The right to travel abroad is an important basic human right, said the Supreme Court while permitting a IPS Officer who is facing departmental proceedings to go for a private foreign visit.
An IPS Officer working as Inspector General of Police In Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu was denied the Permission to go abroad for private visit. The officer said that no criminal cases are pending against him and some departmental enquiries arose against him that he challenged before the court whose hearings are pending. Keeping the argument the officer mentioned that he was allowed to go on a private trip in 2017 to USA and France with family and the return within the respective time frame.
The court said “The right to travel abroad is an important basic human right for it nourishes independent and self-determining creative character of the individual, not only by extending his freedoms of action, but also by extending the scope of his experience. The right also extends to private life; marriage, family and friendship are humanities which can be rarely affected through refusal of freedom to go abroad and clearly show that this freedom is a genuine human right.”
The court also mentioned some famous cases like Kent v. Dulles , Maneka Gandhi v. Union of India .
So the code to mention that vigilance clearance cannot be the ground to stop the officer from going abroad and he must be allowed to go.