Bangla prisoner’s repatriation: Court seeks status
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court Friday directed the West Bengal government to inform it in two weeks about steps being taken to repatriate around 500 Bangladeshi prisoners who have served their sentence, but were still lodged in different jails in the state.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice J N Patel and Justice A K Roy, taking note of a plea by NGO Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, directed Home Secretary G D Gautama to file an affidavit giving details of the number, status and steps to repatriate the prisoners.
Gautama, who was present in the court on a direction by the court, sought two weeks to find out the details.
The petition claimed that the prisoners, most of whom had been sentenced to jail for overstaying in India or illegally entering the country, were lodged for months and even years in different jails due to lack of initiative to send them back to their native country.
The petition, moved by counsel Madhurima Dhanuka, claimed that there are 427 males and 53 females in jails beyond their term.
The matter would be taken up for hearing again on July 29.
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