Indian SC questions blanket blacklisting of Tablighi attendees

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DELHI /KARACHI (ENNS/MD) The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Union government to clarify the visa status of 3,500 foreign nationals from 35 countries who have been blacklisted in connection with the Tablighi Jamaat gathering.

It asked the Centre to clarify if this was a blanket directive, or care was taken to hear and decide the merits of each case individually.

“What we have here on record is a press note.

It does not say notices were issued, orders were passed, and action was taken on a case-to-case basis.

We do not see any individual orders here.

Please take instructions on the stand of the Union of India,” Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said, addressing Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.
The court ordered the government to respond on July 2, the next date of hearing.

Four writ petitions, including one by a Thai national who is seven months pregnant, have challenged the Centre’s decision of April 2, which blacklisted 960 foreigners, and another subsequent decision on June 4, by which over 2,500 foreign nationals were blacklisted for 10 years from travelling to India.

“No order has been passed, no notice has been issued.
No individual order was given to any single person in any individual case”, senior advocate C.U. Singh, appearing for one of the petitioners, submitted.

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