The Delhi Excessive Court docket Tuesday requested the Centre to share in a sealed cowl its workplace memorandum pertaining to the deportation of unlawful migrants from Bangladesh.
Justice Rekha Palli handed the order after she was knowledgeable by central authorities counsel Dev Prakash Bhardwaj that the doc was confidential in nature.
“What is so confidential? Just because you appear for the Union you have the habit of saying confidential,” the court docket remarked.
Mr Bhardwaj then submitted that the doc could possibly be shared with the court docket in a sealed cowl, though he himself had not seen it.
The court docket was listening to a petition by three folks claiming to be Bangladeshi nationals who search to be repatriated to their nation.
The three, considered one of whom is a minor, assert that it’s unclear as to how they reached right here and had been presently residing in an evening shelter.
Advocate Kamlesh Kumar Mishra, representing them, submitted that his shoppers could also be allowed go away and the petition be disposed of.
The court docket, nevertheless, responded, “This is not so easy. I can’t pass such a simple order.”
Mr Bhardwaj mentioned that there was a process to be adopted in such circumstances and so they should first get an “exit permit” from the Embassy of Bangladesh.
In its affidavit filed in response to the petition, the Dwelling Ministry and Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO), Delhi, acknowledged that for the reason that overseas nationals right here don’t possess any journey paperwork akin to visa or any doc to show their identification, they had been unlawful migrants who could possibly be repatriated to their residence nation solely after their nationality is confirmed.
The affidavit additional informs that activity of detection and identification of unlawful migrants from Bangladesh within the nationwide capital was assigned to Delhi Police.
Explaining the process for deportation, the affidavit submits that after receiving such Bangladeshi nationals, their motion is restricted and as soon as association for repatriation is made, they’re despatched to West Bengal the place they’re handed over to Indian Border Safety Drive for his or her passage via the immigration borders.
Additionally it is acknowledged that since India shares a porous border with Bangladesh, there may be an inflow of unlawful migrants from there and the process adopted for his or her repatriation is “different and simpler” from that of unlawful migrants of different nationalities.
“FRRO, Delhi being the civil authority has been repatriating illegal migrants of Bangladesh as per instructions issued by Ministry of Home Affairs… The above mentioned memorandums are secret in nature and can be produced in a sealed cover whenever ordered/required..,” the affidavit reads.
On an earlier event, Delhi Police had knowledgeable the court docket that the three individuals in query within the petition weren’t discovered to be concerned in any prison or different case.
The court docket allowed Mr Mishra to file a brief response to centre’s affidavit. The matter could be heard subsequent on August 2.