Allahabad HC Seeks State’s Response On Alleged Unofficial Detention Of Two Nigerian Nationals Since September 2019.

 On Tuesday, 10th November, the Allahabad High Court instructed the Union of India and the Government of the State of Uttar Pradesh to give an official response to the allegations made in the Habeas Corpus Petition registered regarding the illegal detention of 2 Nigerian nationals.

 

The Habeas Corpus plea, filed by the family members of the detained Nigerian Nationals, Chinasa Victor Obioha and Chima Paul Ugochukwu, was being addressed by the Division Bench comprising of Justice Ramesh Sinha and Justice Samit Gopal. The petitioners have alleged that both the detainees were confined without legal authority since September 24, 2019. They were detained at Surajpur Police lines, 49 Battalion, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

The petition has requested their immediate release and the prayers also ask for the persons responsible for the detainment to be produced before the Court and all the relevant documents to be filed or registered regarding the illegal detention in question. These documents are to be filed beginning from the first date of their detention, that is, from 24th September 2019.

Most importantly, the Petitioners have requested the High Court to sympathetically consider their Long Term Visa application. They have requested the Court to grant the Long Term Visa in accordance with the internal guidelines of MHA.

The petitioners’ counsel argued that “the petitioners are foreign nationals and they have been illegally detained by the respondents without being any case pending against them.”

Additionally, they submitted that the detainees have not even been produced before the Magistrate yet. The Court observed that further instructions regarding the above mentioned matter shall be sought by the Counsel appearing for the Union of India and learned A.G.A. for the State within three days. A date for next hearing, 18th November, Wednesday, has been listed by the Allahabad High Court.

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