MEA fined for prosecuting deported man having valid document

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Old 15-May-2011
MEA fined for prosecuting deported man having valid document

New Delhi May 15:

The Ministry of External Affairs has been asked by the Delhi High Court to pay Rs 50,000 fine to a Punjab-based man who, despite having valid Spanish visa, was not only deported back from Brussels but also prosecuted here on charges of faking travel documents.

"The conduct of respondents (MEA, Foreigner Regional Registration Offices and Regional Passport Officer) in the present case display utter callousness in dealing with the life and liberty of the citizen. The petitioner (Balwinder Singh) had valid travel papers and work permit for employment in Spain," Justice S Muralidhar said.

Singh, a resident of Jalandhar who was having a valid passport and a working Spanish visa, was not allowed to board a connecting flight for Spain at Brussels in Belgium on February 21 last year during his return journey from Delhi.

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