SC stays Bangla deportation

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New Delhi, Aug. 2: The Supreme Court today stayed the deportation of a Bangladeshi man who claims the Sheikh Hasina government will eliminate him as he had turned hostile during an ongoing trial on the 1971 war crimes.

The order on Sukoranjan Bali was passed after additional solicitor-general Indira Jaising, representing the Centre, gave an assurance that the government would not take any steps to send him back for two weeks. Bali is now lodged in Dumdum Central Jail.

Calcutta High Court can take an appropriate decision on extending the stay if necessary when it considers Bali’s plea on August 7, an apex court bench of Justices B.S. Chauhan and S.A. Bobde said today.

Bali rushed to the apex court as the high court had earlier adjourned his case to August 7. Today, Bali’s lawyer Colin Gonzalves urged the bench to take up the matter urgently saying he could be sent back any time.

In his petition, filed through a nephew, Bali said he was initially arrayed as a prosecution witnesses before the war crimes tribunal in one case.

However, after he turned hostile in November 2012, he claimed he was abducted by security forces at the gates of the tribunal in Dhaka. After being kept in illegal custody, Bali alleged, he was pushed across the border into India where the BSF arrested him.

A court in North 24-Parganas’ Basirhat sentenced Bali in April this year to 110 days for illegally entering India. Bali has already served the sentence and fears he will be sent back to Bangladesh any moment.

Source: The Telegraph