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Centre tells Delhi High Court it’s removed Iranian citizen from the blacklist

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New Delhi Sept 15(ILNS): The Delhi High Court today informed by the Centre that it has removed the name of a woman from the blacklist, an Iranian Citizen who wants to complete her studies in India, and if she applies for a visa, the same shall be considered. 

The Delhi High Court has recorded the same and disposed of the writ petition which was filed by one Ms. Safri Hossain Masha who had sought directions to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to remove her name from the blacklist and issue her a Student Visa, so as to enable her to complete her studies.

A Single Judge Bench comprising of Justice Rekha Palli directed the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, that as and when the petitioner applies for a visa, subject to completion of procedural formalities, should be considered preferably and expeditiously, within a period of three weeks from the date of application.

According to the counter-affidavit filed by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the name of the petitioner has been removed from the Black-list, after the expiry of the retention period on August 23, 2021, and therefore, the petitioner can apply for the issuance of a fresh visa, under the appropriate category, according to the purpose of visit to India.

The petitioner had stated that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, Black-listed her, without supplying her with the copy of the letter wherein she was placed in the blacklist category and without an opportunity of a fair representation. In her, she had mentioned that she wanted to pursue her studies at Sharda University, but she couldn’t apply for Visa due to a blacklisting order. 

The petition was filed by Advocate Karan S. Thukral Advocate Kapil Nayyar and Advocate Gautam Malik./ILNS/KR/SNG

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