Delhi HC Asks Centre To Respond To Pleas By Facebook, Whatsapp Challenging New IT Rules

Delhi Police Tuesday knowledgeable the Delhi High Court that there at the moment are no protests exterior the UNHCR workplace right here by Afghan nationals looking for refugee standing.

“The protest by Afghan refugees has been withdrawn from UNHCR Office”

mentioned the Delhi Police in its standing report filed earlier than the excessive court docket.

It was listening to the petition filed by Vasant Vihar Welfare Association looking for the removing of protestors within the proximity of residential areas.

The United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) workplace is situated within the Vasant Vihar locality of south Delhi.

The counsel, showing for the affiliation, additionally informed Justice Rekha Palli that there isn’t any protest within the space now.

“Yesterday evening I received a status report. There are no protests (at Vasant Vihar) and nothing remains,” he submitted.

In view of the change in circumstances, the decide closed the proceedings initiated by the affiliation whereas refusing to cross any order in relation to the formulation of a coverage on “congregation of foreign nationals/asylum seekers/refugees.”

Advocate Shahrukh Ejaz, showing for the affiliation, submitted that “final time additionally there was Rohingya disaster and other people began gathering. This has turn into a routine now for individuals to assemble and protest.”

Taking word of the submissions of the Delhi Police and affiliation, the decide mentioned “nothing survives (in the petition). I”m not inclined at this stage.”

The hich court declared the petition as dismissed as withdrawn and gave liberty to the petitioner to approach again if need arises.

Additional standing counsel Satyakam, appearing for Delhi Police, stated that “a small nudge goes a long way” and “nothing remained” within the petition within the absence of any protest on the web site.

On September 3, the excessive court docket had directed the Delhi authorities and police to make sure that variety of Afghan nationals, protesting exterior UNHCR workplace and looking for refugee standing, is lowered and so they strictly observe COVID-19 acceptable protocol.

The excessive court docket had mentioned that the regulation was identical for everyone and questioned the authorities as to how there will be 500 individuals gathered for protest when the rules don’t allow it.

Vasant Vihar Welfare Association had said that a number of overseas nationals had gathered exterior the workplace of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) at B Block in South Delhi”s Vasant Vihar since August 15, together with lanes and parks adjoining it and residents had been going through difficulties resulting from this.

It mentioned that the variety of such overseas nationals from Afghanistan elevated manifold prior to now week owing to the takeover of Afghanistan by Taliban forces, forcing many to hunt asylum in several nations together with India.

The petition had mentioned the realm had became a protest web site the place individuals from all age group together with youngsters are congregating and added that placing youngsters in a scenario particularly the place third wave of COVID-19 is imminent and is predicted to have an effect on youngsters extra severally is extraordinarily disastrous.

When the Centre”s counsel, whereas referring to the Afghanistan political disaster, had mentioned the scenario isn’t regular and it’s unprecedented, the court docket had mentioned there was no query being unreasonably harsh to anyone however the regulation was identical for everyone.

Central authorities standing counsel Ajay Digpaul had mentioned the difficulty have to be seen from a humanitarian angle and urged the court docket to grant some extra time to take a holistic view to resolve the difficulty. 


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