SC stays deportation of Libyan student back to his country

The Supreme Court stayed the impending deportation of a Libyan national Aiad Amar Saad Mohammad, studying in Jharkhand, back to his country on the grounds of ongoing civil war there.

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 17:53 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed
the impending deportation of a Libyan national Aiad Amar Saad
Mohammad, studying in Jharkhand, back to his country on the
grounds of ongoing civil war there.

A bench of justices Markandy Katju and Gyan sudha
Mishra halted Saad Mohammad`s deportation after his counsel
Shinoj Narain apprised the court of his urgent petition,
presently pending with its registery, against the impending
government`s action.

Narain pleaded to the court that the visa of the
Ranchi University scholar was going to lapse on March 17 and
the authorities were not willing to extend it despite the
ongoing turmoil in his home country.

Pleading for extension of his visa, Narain argued that
government of India has sufficient power to extend his visa
and the refusal to extend his stay despite the ongoing civil
war in his country would amount to violation of the
petitioner`s Fundamental Right to Life under Article 21 of the
Constitution, which is available to the foreign nationals
also.

Agreeing with Narain`s contention, the bench said it
was "staying the deportation on humanitarian ground" and
issued notice to the Centre to respond to the plea within
four weeks.

As the counsel wanted to make further submission, the
bench cut his argument short saying, "Do you want to go to
Japan otherwise?"

PTI