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HC issues notice to Centre, IB on Greenpeace activist’s plea against her offloading from plane

Justice Rajiv Shakdher also issued notice to IB and Immigration Department seeking their responses on Pillai's plea.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: January 29, 2015 4:49:53 am
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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notices to Union Home Ministry and Intelligence Bureau on a petition filed by Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai against her being offloaded from a London-bound flight at Delhi airport earlier this month. Justice Rajiv Shakdher also issued a notice to Immigration Department seeking its response. They have been told to reply in a week.

READ: Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai plea challenges her offloading from flight

The court, meanwhile, has also directed the government agencies to take instructions on Pillai’s interim application seeking permission to travel to UK on February 11 for the same cause for which she was travelling on January 11 — to make a presentation before British MPs about the alleged human rights violation at Mahan in Madhya Pradesh.

Greenpeace, Priya Pillar, Greenpeace activist, Greenpeace campaign Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai. (Source: Twitter)

Senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Pillai, also requested the court to quash the lookout circular issued against her by the Home ministry.

READ: To stop Greenpeace activist, IB used ‘etc’ clause in Home order

Jaising said debarring the activist from going abroad is a deliberate attempt to malign her reputation and an illegal act by the government agencies on the basis of a flawed circular issued by the Home ministry. She submitted that the circular had no legal basis as Pillai has neither been convicted in any case nor has she ever evaded arrest or trial.

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