Delhi HC asks Centre to decide on "blacklisted" 169 Sikhs
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to take a decision on the plea to allow the entry of 169 Sikhs who were blacklisted and barred from entering India during the days of Khalistani extremism.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday
directed the Centre to take a decision on the plea of Delhi
Sikh Gurudwara Management (DSGM) to allow the entry of 169
Sikhs who were blacklisted and barred from entering India
during the days of Khalistani extremism.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice
Sanjiv Khanna directed the Home Secretary to take a decision
in eight weeks and disposed of a PIL for review of the list.
Filing its petition through senior advocate K T S Tulsi,
the DSGM pleaded the list of 169 Sikhs should be reviewed as
it has led to "unnecessary harassment" to various individuals
at different airports and embassies across the world due to
non-renewal of their passports by Indian government.
Appearing before the bench, Tulsi apprised it of a recent
case involving Mayor of Slough (UK) Joginder Singh Bal who had
been sent back from Delhi airport on the ground that his name
figured in the blacklist.
"There is no clear-cut policy on the basis of which the
169 persons are put in the blacklist. These persons cannot be
deprived of their right to renew their ties with their
motherland. Such a policy is unconstitutional and
discriminatory. It is based on unequal treatment to Sikhs,"
"Denial of visa to the people on the confidential list,
on the one hand, provides an opportunity to the police and
custom officers to harass and blackmail many innocent persons
at the airports and on the other hand, sullies the image of
the country in the whole world," the petition stated.
Even after 18 years, the blacklist has not been revised,
said the petition, adding "on many occasions, Sikhs have been
denied visas and deported on the pretext of these blacklists",
as per the petitioner organisation.