DSGM seeks court`s order for entry of "blacklisted" Sikhs

The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management (DSGM) has approached the Delhi High Court seeking direction to the government to allow the entry into India of over 160 Sikhs, blacklisted and barred from stepping on the country`s soil.

New Delhi: The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara
Management (DSGM) has approached the Delhi High Court seeking
direction to the government to allow the entry into India of
over 160 Sikhs, blacklisted and barred from stepping on the
country`s soil during the days of Khalistani extremism.

Filing its petition through senior advocate KTS
Tulsi, the DSGM pleaded that 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 a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra
and Justice Manmohan, 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
169 persons are borne on the blacklist. These persons cannot
be deprived of their right to renew their ties with their
motherland. Such policy is unconstitutional and
discriminatory. It is based on unequal treatment to Sikhs,"
Tulsi argued.

"Denial of visas to the people on 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."

The court, however, refused to pass any order and
asked the DSGM to file the list of such blacklisted people.

PTI

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