It has been observed on multiple occasions that the Indian passports have been used as an advertising platform by many unscrupulous travel agents, defacing the cover of the passport by pasting their agency/company’s stickers.
2. Outer cover of the Indian passport carries the National Emblem with the Ashoka Chakra. Pasting stickers on it with high quality adhesive masks the Emblem and amounts to disrespecting the National Symbols, which is considered an offence.
3. All Indian passport holders are therefore requested to ensure that their passports are not defaced by the travel agents or any other person or establishment at any time.