New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday requested the Central authorities to seek out out the facts associated to blacklisting and canceling of visas of foreign nationals who attended the congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin space right here.
A 3-judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar and likewise comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna requested the Centre to seek out out the facts associated to the matter and glued it for additional listening to on July 2.
The apex court docket requested Solicitor General Tushar Mehta “if visas of these foreigners are canceled, then why are they still in India?”
“You (Centre) can deport them. If visas are not canceled, then, it is a different situation,” the court docket stated. The prime court docket was listening to a quantity of petitions difficult blacklisting and cancellation of visas filed by few foreigners.
Mehta sought extra time to file a reply on the matter, after which the court docket posted the matter for additional listening to on July 2.
The petitions, filed by the foreign nationals from 35 international locations, have sought instructions to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to take away their names from the blacklist, reinstate their visas and facilitate their return to their respective international locations.
The petitions sought to declare the choice of the MHA of blacklisting the foreign nationals who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation as “arbitrary”.
“Unilateral blacklisting of 960 foreigners by the Home Ministry vide press release dated April 2, 2020, and the subsequent blacklisting of around 2500 foreigners as reported on June 4, 2020, is in violation of Article 21. Therefore, it is void and unconstitutional as the petitioners have neither been provided any hearing nor notice or intimation in this regard,” the plea stated.
One of the petitioners named Fareedah Cheema, a Thai nationwide within the seventh month of her being pregnant, stated she was quarantined in March, like different foreign nationals however was launched from quarantine solely in late May and continues to be at a facility beneath restricted actions, with out the avenue to return to her dwelling nation and expertise the delivery of her youngster with safety and dignity, along with her family members.
These foreign nationals presently in India have been blacklisted for a interval of 10 years from touring to India for his or her alleged involvement in Tablighi Jamaat actions.
The Home Ministry had stated that foreign Tablighi Jamaat members, who have been staying in India in violation of visa guidelines throughout the nationwide lockdown carried out to fight the COVID-19 unfold, have been blacklisted.
A big congregation organised by Tablighi Jamaat within the nationwide capital in March had emerged as a significant COVID-19 hotspot within the nation.
The authorities had stated the choice of banning the foreign Tablighi Jamaat members was taken after particulars of foreigners discovered illegally dwelling in mosques and non secular locations emerged from numerous states throughout the nation. (ANI)