SC asks Centre to respond on cancellation of visas of foreign Tablighi members

A three-judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar sought information from the Ministry of Home Affairs, whether visas of blacklisted foreign members of the Tablighi Jamaat have been cancelled and separate orders issued against each of the 2,500 foreigners on April and June 4.

The Supreme Court (SC) asked the Solicitor General by July 2.

SC further questioned if visas were cancelled then why have the foreign nationals have not been deported yet and allowed to be still here.

This information was highlighted when the foreign nationals had approached the Supreme Court challenging the decision of MHA to blacklist them without hearing them even once.

Thirty-four individuals from fifteen countries claimed no individual orders were issued to them and a general direction issued to states directing blacklisting and registration of first information reports (FIRs).

The petitioners resented the decision of MHA to blacklist 960 foreigners of 35 countries for participating in the Tablighi Jamaat activities on April 2. They aren’t allowed to travel to India for the next 10 years. On June 4, MHA further blacklisted 2,500 foreigners for their participation in Tablighi Jamaat event and instructed the director-general of police of states and Union territories to register FIRs against them. The foreign nationals reinstate their visas and facilitate their return to their respective countries.

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