Top Indian court to hear PIL on release of illegally held Rohingya

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a PIL seeking direction to the Centre to release Rohingya refugees who have allegedly been detained illegally and arbitrarily across jails and detention centres in the country and issued notice to the government, Times of India

A bench of Justices B R Gavai and Prashant Kumar Mishra sought response from the Centre on the petition which contended that detention of the refugees is illegal and unconstitutional for being violative of fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 21 and Article 14 of the Constitution, as these rights have been conferred to all persons residing in India, citizens or otherwise.

The petition, filed by Priyali Sur who is a journalist, also sought court’s direction to restrain the government from detaining any Rohingya for being an illegal immigrant or under the Foreigner’s Act, 1946.

 

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