No immediate plan to deport Rohingyas in Bengaluru: Karnataka govt tells Supreme Court

No immediate plan to deport Rohingyas in Bengaluru: Karnataka govt tells Supreme Court

Karnataka government files Statement of Objections in response to a writ petition filed by BJP leader and Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay.

Bengaluru: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Karnataka government, on Monday, informed the Supreme Court that it had no immediate plan of deporting the 72 Rohingyas currently residing in the state.

The Karnataka government has filed a Statement of Objections in response to a writ petition filed by BJP leader and Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay. In his plea, Upadhyay sought directions to the Central and state governments to identify, detain and immediately deport all illegal immigrants and infiltrators, including Bangladeshis and Rohingyas, within one year.

The Karnataka government statement, filed by Advocate V.N. Raghupathy, stated that the plea is devoid of merits and is not maintainable either in law or on the facts of the case. The statement also gave the details of the 72 Rohingya refugees living within its jurisdiction. 

Rohingyas are an ethnic, linguistic group that fled Myanmar after the state’s attempts at systematic persecution of the community. In search of a better life, most of them arrived in India through Bangladesh.

first published:Oct. 25, 2021, 6:46 p.m.

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