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.
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
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.