Published On: January 25, 2022 at 15:59 IST
The Supreme Court of India on January 24, 2022 agreed to consider hearing the matter related to Rights of Foreigners in regards with Visa Restrictions posed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The issue is pertaining to a Petition filed by some foreign nationals challenging an Order of the Ministry of Home Affairs that blacklists the Petitioners Alleging that they were involved in activities of Tablighi Jamaat.
Solicitor General for India Tushar Mehta stated that “They have already gone back. An important question arises which Rights of Foreigners with regards to Visa Restriction. Your Lordships, Judgments say these are all Sovereign Statutory Rights. Your Lordships may have to consider the Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 Foreigners Act.”
The Supreme Court Bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and C T Ravikumar stated in regards with Solicitor General’s request that “As regards the main matter, a short question is involved which needs to be addressed expeditiously. We direct listing of the main matter in the 2nd week of March, 2022.”
During the current hearing the Bench also heard a Petition of a 24-year-old Malaysian man who sought disposal of his Petition that sought Quashing of Criminal Cases pending against him Patna High Court.
In this regard the Bench passed an order stating “Grievance is limited to no progress made in the hearing of the Writ Petition pending before the High Court despite the order of this Court in that regard. It is submitted that Union Of India is taking unnecessary Adjournments. Instead of making any observation, we deem it appropriate to grant liberty to the applicant to invite the attention of Chief Justice of Patna High Court for ensuring expeditious disposal in terms of Order passed by this Court. We hope & trust that the High Court will be in position to deal with the Petition expeditiously.”
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