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Report on jailed Bangla nationals sought

Alleged illegal detention of Bangladeshi nationals in state jails came under the scanner of the Calcutta High Court on Friday.

Alleged illegal detention of Bangladeshi nationals in state jails came under the scanner of the Calcutta High Court on Friday.

The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Jaynarayan Patel and Justice Ashim Kumar Roy today directed Home Secretary G D Gautam to file a report on the status of the Bangladeshi nationals in state jails.

According to a survey by Delhi-based NGO,Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative,480 Bangladesh nationals including 53 women were languishing in the jails after the completion of their conviction period,stated a letter by the NGO written to the Chief Justice on May 13. The survey also revealed that 112 children of these inmates remained either in jail with their mothers or in the government-run shelter homes.

The NGO,in its letter,also urged the court to intervene into the situation and the Chief Justice treated the letter as PIL.

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Advocate Madhurima Dhanuka,the counsel of the NGO,requested the court to direct the state and the Central governments to deport these Bangladeshi inmates and also pleaded for compensation for them.

Dhanuka said,“The jail authorities waited for inmates’ repatriation for long which violated the fundamental rights guaranteed to foreign nationals in India.”

G D Gautam,outside the court room said the state government had discussed the issue two-to-three times with the Bangladesh government earlier.

The court also asked the government to come up with the number of such inmates in the state. The case will come up for hearing in August.