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Visas of Tablighis cancelled, individual order issued: Centre tells SC


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned until July 10 listening to on a batch of petitions difficult the blacklisting and cancellation of visas of overseas nationals who attended the Markaz Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin space right here.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, showing for the Central authorities, submitted that orders for revoking the visas and blacklisting overseas nationals who attended Tablighi Jamaat congregation have been handed on a case to case foundation.

After the Centre’s submission, a three-judge bench of the apex courtroom headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar stated that will probably be open for the petitioners to file rejoinder affidavits on the matter.

The Central authorities was additionally directed by the highest courtroom to ship copies of orders handed on visa cancellation to the petitioners by electronic mail to the counsels.

Advocate Chander Uday Singh, showing for one of the petitioners, stated {that a} one-line electronic mail stating that your visa has been cancelled was acquired by the petitioners.

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The Supreme Court had earlier this week sought clarification from the Central authorities on the orders blacklisting and cancelling visas of overseas nationals who attended the Nizamuddin congregation, which had reportedly change into an epicentre for coronavirus throughout the nation.



The petitions, filed by the overseas 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.

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The petitions sought to declare the choice of the MHA of blacklisting the overseas 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 2,500 foreigners as reported on June 4, 2020, is in violation of Article 21,” the plea stated.

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“Therefore, it is void and unconstitutional as the petitioners have neither been provided any hearing nor notice or intimation in this regard,” it added.

These overseas nationals presently in India have been blacklisted for a interval of 10 years from travelling to India for his or her alleged involvement in Tablighi Jamaat actions.

The Home Ministry had stated that overseas Tablighi Jamaat members, who have been staying in India in violation of visa guidelines in the course of the nationwide lockdown applied to fight the COVID-19 unfold, have been blacklisted.


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