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[Coronavirus] Violation of Visa Rules, Foreigners Act to be dealt with a firm hand: Gujarat HC on foreigners who attended Tablighi Jamaat

The Centre told the Court that the 960 foreigners who attended the Tablighi Jamaat entered India on Tourist Visas, in violation of the Visa Manual 2019 and the Foreigners Act.

Aishwarya Iyer

The Gujarat High Court yesterday urged the Central government to strictly deal with those violating laws related to visas, in the background of the Tablighi Jamaat controversy that has escalated the Coronavirus crisis in India.

The Bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice Ashutosh J Shastri made the observation after the Centre submitted that the 960 foreigners who attended the Tablighi Jamaat held in Delhi entered India on Tourist Visas, in violation of the Visa Manual 2019 and the Foreigners Act.

Criticising the Union for "waking up late" in cracking down on such violations, the Bench observed,

"...with regard to the violation of the Visa Manual, 2019 and The Foreigners Act, 1946, Union of India woke up although late but then now it is in full gear and concerted effort is being made to identify such violators, find their location and track them down. We may only add that the Central Government may strictly ensure the compliance of the provisions of the Visa Manual, 2019 and The Foreigners Act, 1946 relating to entry of foreign nationals based on their respective visas and anyone found violating the same should be dealt with a firm hand."

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