Under the current situation, Indian nationals cannot be brought back: CJI Bobde says “stay where you are”

Team SoOLEGAL 14 Apr 2020 4:28pm

Under the current situation, Indian nationals cannot be brought back: CJI Bobde says “stay where you are”

On Monday i.e. 13th April 2020, the Supreme Court observed that Indian students stranded in the UK, cannot be brought back at the moment.'Stay where you are,' the CJI noted, taking note of the Central Government's affidavit outlining the steps taken for the welfare of stranded students in the United Kingdom.CJI explained that Indian students who are stranded in the United Kingdom cannot be taken back right now and are advised to stay wherever they are.

The petitions considered by the Supreme Court were requesting the evacuation of stranded Indian nationals, including students, working professionals, unskilled workers and fishermen in the UK, Iran as well as other Gulf countries.

Supreme Court also considered the petition submitted by Congress MP M K Raghavan seeking repatriation of Indian citizens from Gulf countries, the Court asked the Government to consider the suggestions made by the petitioner in his representation concerning the welfare measures for stranded Indian people in those countries.

Representing the Government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta added that during this crisis it was unlikely to get people back to India, and that this point had already been reiterated in the affidavit filed by the Union.

Mehta further stated, All over the world people are getting extensions, in my affidavit, I have clearly mentioned that right now it is not possible”.

Senior lawyer Vibha Dutta Makhija has also filed a plea concerning stranded Indian students in the United States. The application claimed that most of these students' visas would expire by Tuesday i.e. April 15, and that they would be liable for being deemed as aliens by the US authorities.

The centre told the court that countries around the globe are extending the visas. The apex court asked the centre to provide a status report on Indian students stranded in the U.S. and on April 20 will address the matter.

Tagged: Indian nationals   CJI Bobde   Supreme Court   Central Government   affidavit   United Kingdom   working professionals   unskilled workers   Solicitor General   Tushar Mehta   Vibha Dutta Makhija  
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