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SC CALLS FOR TABLIGHI FOREIGNERS’ VISA STATUS TO BE CLARIFIED

Lawstreet Journal 2 Jul 2020 10:51pm

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On Monday, 29th June 2020, the Supreme Court has instructed the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to clarify its position with respect to the status of visas of 2,500 people from 35 different countries. These foreign nationals are none other than the people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference in Delhi. The movement of Jamaat received widespread criticism throughout the country as many people traveled to remote parts of the country and tested positive for the virus, resulting in allegations of spreading the infection. 

The apex court bench hearing the matter comprised of Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Maheshwari, and Justice Sanjiv Khanna. It asked the union government to place on record whether individual notices have been issued regarding visa cancellation. The hearing took place through video-conferencing medium and has been postponed to 2nd July 2020 for further adjudication.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Advocate Rajat Nair appeared on behalf of the Union government. They were told by the bench that the government should explain what these people are doing in Indian territory if their visa has been canceled. Advocate Nair said that copies of the petitions have not been served upon them and sought time to file a reply.

The matter has been taken up with the bench clubbing these petitions filed by foreign nationals. The court has clarified that cancellation of visa should be on a case to case basis by the Ministry of Home Affairs and is now seeking information regarding such actions taken by the aforementioned ministry. Appearing on behalf… Continue Reading...


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