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[Coronavirus] Bombay HC comes to rescue of 19 y/o student stranded in Dubai after misinterpretation of Travel Advisory

Th Court found that there are compelling reasons for the issuance of a fresh visa as well, observing that the student is 19 years old and "stranded in Dubai with none of her family present with her."

Aishwarya Iyer

The Bombay High Court recently directed that a fresh visa be issued to a 19-year old student who was denied boarding on a transit flight from Dubai to Mumbai, owing to mistaken interpretation of the Indian government's travel advisory issued following the coronavirus outbreak. (Sabah Manal Colabawalla v Union of India and Anr)

A Division Bench of Justices SJ Kathawalla and RI Chagla concluded,

Clearly, these circulars have been misinterpreted by the Airlines by not allowing Nyla to board her onward flight from Dubai to Mumbai. We also see no reason why the petitioner’s daughter should be discriminated when other OCI holders in Istanbul were issued a Visa on compelling grounds.”

The Court proceeded to pull up the Indian Diplomatic Commission for not having intervened for the student's aid in these circumstances.

The High Court further issued a writ of mandamus under directing the respondents to issue a fresh visa for the student, so as to enable her to come to Mumbai.

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