‘Please deport us’, foreign Jamaat attendees say in plea; Supreme Court says won’t interfere in Centre’s action

‘Please deport us’, foreign Jamaat attendees say in plea; Supreme Court says won’t interfere in Centre’s action

Foreign nationals who attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area in March have requested the Supreme Court that they should be deported to their home countries.

A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court by 34 foreign nationals who have challenged revocation of their visas and blacklisting by the central government. The attendees, through their counsel CU Singh, said that normal course of action for visa violation is deportation.

“Please deport us to our home countries. We came here before any restrictions (imposed due to Covid-19). If we have not committed anything grave, the Centre can consider deporting us,” the foreign nationals said in their petition read out in the court by Singh.

Blacklisting would mean we should not be allowed to return to India but we can be deported, the petitioners further said.

The central government submitted an affidavit stating that individual orders have been issued against each of the foreign nationals cancelling their visas.

As per the affidavit, visas of 2,679 foreign nationals have been cancelled and they will be allowed to go home only when legal process under Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) are complete.

The affidavit also said that 227 foreign nationals left India before a lookout notice could be issued against them.

“47 foreigners who attended the Jamaat event are Nepal nationals who are not holding any visa. Visas of remaining 39 cases are under the process of cancellation,” the affidavit said.

The bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar observed that the proper course of action for the petitioners would be to challenge the central government’s orders individually before the concerned high court.

The matter was adjourned till July 10 to allow the petitioners to file rejoinder affidavit in response to Centre’s affidavit.