India’s Madras High Court quashes deportation of Bangladeshi man

 India's Madras High Court has recently quashed the deportation of a Bangladeshi man.

The high court was allowing a writ petition from Ruma Sarkar seeking to quash the order of the Secretary (FAC), Public (Foreigners) Department, detaining her husband Sushil Sarkar and confining him to a special camp for foreigners on the premises of the Central prison in Tiruchirappalli in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, reports our New Delhi correspondent.

"Given the amendment in the Foreigners Act (1946), the Citizenship Act (1955) and the Passports Act (1967) and looking at a government order, this court finds that the detainee, belonging to a Hindu minority from Bangladesh, cannot be deported," Justice M Nirmal Kumar of the court said in a recent order.

Having given general amnesty to any person who is a Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan, who entered India on or before December 31, 2014, and is now being detained by invoking Section 3(2)(e) of the Foreigners Act, 1946, cannot be sustained, said the judge.

"Because of this, the detention of Sushil Sarkar has been quashed," the judge said, adding that Sushil be released unless he is needed and detained in any other case.

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