The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a PIL seeking “immediate deportation” of African, Bangladeshi and other foreign nationals allegedly living illegally in Delhi without valid visas and passports, as the petition claimed The “grounds” for the relief granted were not shown.
A division bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramaniam Prasad asked petitioner Sushil Kumar Jain on what grounds the plea has been argued. When Jain’s counsel said that these foreign nationals were living illegally and hatching “nefarious plans”, the bench asked, “On what basis are you making all these statements? You are making casteist remarks. They He is also a human being.You are making serious allegations against him without any basis.
The petitioner has claimed that these foreign nationals hold student or medical visas and are involved in illegal acts and crimes such as “drug trafficking, human trafficking and cyber fraud”. The petitioner states that drug trafficking, “caused mostly by African nationals”, has affected the youth and has a negative impact on their future and overall existence.
“Many youths in the concerned locality have become drug addicts and indulged in criminal activities and crimes have increased, adding to the pressure on our already overburdened and crumbling police administration,” the plea said.
When the bench asked the petitioner the basis of the petition, the counsel for the petitioner sought some time to file documents in support of the same. Expressing displeasure over the comments made in the petition, the HC said the petitioner had “done no research” and that “broad-brushing people” as drug peddlers from a country or continent could be racist.
Standing counsel Santosh Kumar Tripathi, appearing for the Delhi government, said the petition should be dismissed as it has not been properly filed. At this stage, the bench asked the petitioner to withdraw the petition and file a fresh petition in an appropriate manner. Subsequently, the High Court dismissed the petition as withdrawn, allowing the petitioner to file a fresh petition containing “all the minute details” on the issue.
The plea states that these foreign nationals are living as tenants in Delhi and their landlords are accommodating them without their proper verification to derive monetary benefits through them. The petition states, “These habits of the landlord (providing illegal shelter to foreigners without verification) can provide easy means and methods to terrorists to operate in our country and they can easily spread their nefarious activities in Delhi and across the country.” may succeed in the plan. Told.
The PIL sought directions for police verification of passports and visas of foreign nationals and deportation of those staying illegally. The plea has sought a direction to the Ministry of External Affairs against issuing visas to such foreign nationals and against blacklisting those who are living illegally in Delhi. It also sought directions to all DCPs to file a detailed status report in this regard and take action against those providing “illegal shelter”.