Bollywood actor John Abraham's passport woes crept up on him once again yesterday, after his lawyer Abad Ponda revealed the star would lose over Rs 50 lakh a day if he did not leave for Turkey in time to complete his next film, Race 2.
John had approached the Bombay High Court on Wednesday seeking renewal of his passport, which expires in the next six months. In his petition, the actor stated that as per its laws, the Turkey government issues work visas only to those who have a passport validity of more than six months.
Earlier, the actor had approached the passport office seeking renewal. However, the officials rejected his application, stating that they cannot renew any person's passport without the court's permission against whom a court case is pending. (Read: John Abraham won't be jailed for rash driving
"He had no restrictions placed on traveling abroad even after his conviction," said Ponda.
In his petition, John had also claimed that since the high court had granted him probation, there was no case pending against him. Justice PD Kode, who was hearing the petition, told the petitioner that under the Probation of Offenders Act only the sentence is suspended, but the conviction is maintained.
The court has directed the actor to add the passport office as a respondent to his petition and deferred the matter till today.