A three judge bench of the Supreme Court heard a plea by 34 nationals challenging their blacklisting after visa cancellation by Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA), concerning the issue of Tablighi Jamaat in post Lockdown periods in the country.
In Malana Ala Hadrami and Ors. v. U.O.I. & Anr. , the vacation bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna, AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari adjourned the plea. They challenged the decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The court noted that no official MHA order of blacklisting has been presented before it.
Senior advocate CU Singh, representing the petitioners presented before the bench that the order of blacklisting was a general order not specific. No individual notices were served to the parties.
While adjourning the matter to July 2 , the court directed the Centre to clarify why the foreigners continue to remain in India till now, if they have been blacklisted. The Bench further said that, “34 individuals from 34 different countries had approached the Supreme Court challenging MHA order blacklisting over 2,500 foreign nationals, presently in India for their alleged involvement in Tablighi Jamaat activities.”