Supreme Court orders Center to deport 17 foreigners languishing in Assam jail | India news

NEW DELHI: The The Supreme Court issued a directive to the Center on Thursday re deport 17 foreigners currently held in a detention center in Assam, emphasizing that the no criminal charges have been registered against them.
A bench comprising Justices Abhay S Oka and Ujjal Bhuyan took the decision after going through a report submitted by The state’s legal authoritywhich confirmed the detention of 17 declared aliens in Assam Jail.
“We are of that opinion Union India must take immediate steps to deport these 17 foreigners as no offense has been registered against them,” the court said.
This development follows the Supreme Court’s earlier inquiry in April, in which it sought information from Assam’s state judicial authority regarding foreigners detained for more than two years in detention centres. In addition, the court directed the judicial authority to constitute a team to assess the facilities provided to these prisoners.
The Supreme Court addressed a petition seeking the release of persons detained for over two years in Assam’s detention centres.
(With input from agencies)

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