Calcutta High Court: Sabyasachi Bhattacharyya, J. prohibited the State from deporting the petitioners who were refugees belonging to the Rohingya community, and directed the respondents to provide them with all the basic amenities till the pendency of the petition.
In this particular case, the petitioners were refugees from Myanmar who belong to the “Rohingya” community, and their grievance was that the Indian authority was deporting them back to Myanmar even though they had been disowned by Myanmar. As such, their deportation would render them stateless.
Rachit Lakhmani and Indrojeet Dey, Advocates, appearing for the petitioner, pleaded that the aggrieved had completed their sentence for the alleged offences against them upon being detained by the respondent. They urged and this order will ultimately result in their death as the said country has declared a policy of all-out onslaught against the “Rohingya” community.
A.K. Nag, counsel appearing on behalf of the respondent, submitted that the instant writ petition was vague. He further submitted that the Ministry of External Affairs of the Union of India was a necessary party and as such it must be allowed to submit its plea in the matter.
An adjournment was sought for on behalf of the Union of India but the Court opined that in view of basic human rights of individuals and spirit of humanity, in accordance with Fundamental Rights provided by the Constitution of India as well as the U.N. Charter, a minimum protection ought to be given to the petitioners till the writ petition is decided.
In view thereof, the Court issued an order of injunction preventing the State from deporting the petitioners until the pendency of the present writ petition. The court further directed the respondent to ensure that the petitioners are provided with basic amenities along with a normal respectable life, and the advocate representing the petitioners can meet them in the meantime.[Abdur Sukur v. State of West Bengal, 2019 SCC OnLine Cal 5455, decided on 24-12-2019]