The Supreme Court on Thursday said that deportation of Pakistani prisoners who have completed their term should be done in a time-bound manner.
A bench of Justices RM Lodha and HL Gokhale said these foreign nationals should not languish in detention centres across the country. The court was referring to 43 Pakistani prisoners,19 of whom are mentally unsound and 13 fishermen.
It should not be an unending exercise. After completion of sentences,the prisoners should be deported in a time-bound manner, the Bench said.
The observations follow those made in the last hearing in which the court hoped that Pakistani High Commission will take early steps to identify and confirm the nationality of the prisoners.
The court had said that until their nationality was confirmed,the government should take steps to remand the prisoners in detention homes at Delhi and Amritsar with all basic amenities.
In no way can these nationals be treated as prisoners once they have served out their centres. It is true that until their nationality is confirmed,they cannot be repatriated and have to remain here. But during this period they cannot be deprived of their human rights and human dignity, said Justice Lodha said.