Foreign Tablighi Jamaat members can depart India regardless of pending trials: Centre to SC


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 6

Foreign Tablighi Jamaat members can depart India regardless of pending trials in reference to their alleged involvement in unlawful actions, the Centre informed the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed a Bench headed by Justice AM Khanvilkar that the foreigners who’ve pleaded not responsible and chosen to face trial could depart India pending trial.

But the Bench needed to know if trials continued, then how may they depart. “If more charges are added, then you can say only an apology is not enough,” it mentioned.

The Solicitor General assured the courtroom that the trials shall be accomplished expeditiously inside a month.

On behalf of international Tablighi Jamaat petitioners, senior counsel Salman Khurshid mentioned he solely needed for all of the international nationals to have the ability to return to their very own nations.

Earlier, in an affidavit filed in response to petitions difficult cancellation of visas of foreigners and their blacklisting, the Centre had mentioned 2,679 visas have been cancelled, 2,765 international nationals have been blacklisted and 205 FIRs lodged towards them in 11 states.

It had mentioned 1,905 look out notices have been issued towards these absconding and 9 of the visa cancellations associated to Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holders whereas 86 have been Nepali nationals who didn’t want a visa to enter India. It mentioned 227 of the Tablighi Jamaat left India earlier than blacklisting and different actions have been taken.

The Centre had mentioned separate orders have been handed on a case-to-case foundation for cancellation of visas and blacklisting of two,765 international nationals for his or her alleged involvement in Tablighi Jamaat actions in India.

It had asserted that grant of visa was not an enforceable proper, not to mention a elementary proper, and the blacklisted foreigners have been being prosecuted below the Foreigners Act.

The petitioners had alleged that round 1,500 one-liner e-mails have been despatched to them relating to visa cancellations and no present trigger notices have been issued to them for blacklisting from journey to India for 10 years.

“En masse blacklisting of the aforesaid more than 2,500 foreigners of about 40 different nationalities, currently in India, without affording any opportunity to prima facie defend themselves, is an egregious and blatant violation of Article 21 of the Indian Constitution,” the petitioners had contended.



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