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Coronavirus: Delhi HC issues notice in plea to quash ban on entry of passengers from UK, EU

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The Delhi High Court today issued notice in a Petition to quash the Government of India decision to ban the entry of passengers from United Kingdom and other countries under the European Union to prevent the further spread of Novel Coronavirus, Covid-19.

Notice was issued by a Division Bench of Justice JR Midha and IS Mehta to the Central Government and the Directorate General of Civil Avaiation.

The Petitioner before the High Court is the father of an Indian student who is studying in Scotland, UK.

It is stated that apart from the Petitioner's son who is presently residing in the UK on a vaid student visa and residemt permit, there are nine more similarly placed students in the University concerned.

The Petitioner has stated that on March 11, the Centre issued a travel advisoy, taking laudable steps to control the spread of COVID-19.

However, it is the Petitioner's grievance that on March 16, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Government of India issued a circular stating that no airlines shall board passengers from certain nations including the UK, with effect from March 18, 2020 till March 31.

Due to the ban, the Petitioner's son is not been able to return to India and the Petitioner was constrained to approach the Court under its extraordinary jurisdiction.

Apart from seeking to quash the ban, the Peitioner has also sought a direction to the Central Government to evacuate his son from UK which is facing a much severe outbreak of the COVID-19.

The Petition was filed through Advocates Amitesh Bakshi and Navroop Singh Bakshi.

The matter would be heard next on March 25.

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