Supreme Court to examine denial of entry to American husband; Wife challenges blacklisting decision

Supreme Court to examine denial of entry to American husband; Wife challenges blacklisting decision

Supreme Court to examine denial of entry to American husband; Wife challenges blacklisting decision

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The Supreme Court has taken cognizance of a woman’s plea, an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), seeking permission for her American husband and two children to enter Indian territory.

The Central Government, citing Intelligence Bureau reports, asserts that the husband has been blacklisted from entering the country. 

The petitioner argues that the Intelligence Bureau lacks the authority to issue such orders without proper adjudication, and the subsequent actions are illegal.

The Delhi High Court, in response to the petitioner’s plea, directed the Centre to provide the blacklisting order. The petitioner contends that the Intelligence Bureau’s decision lacked adherence to natural justice principles, as there was no opportunity for a hearing or intimation before blacklisting. 

The petitioner highlights the oversight in the High Court’s disposal of the case, emphasizing the absence of a producible order from the authority.

Represented by advocate Varun Thakur, the petitioner underscores the husband’s OCI cardholder status, asserting that there is no provision for blacklisting OCI cardholders. 

The petitioner, residing outside India due to the husband’s blacklisting, emphasizes the urgency of revisiting the case and addressing the violation of natural justice principles. 

The Supreme Court, issuing notice on the wife’s plea, has set the matter for further examination within three weeks.

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