Detention of Rohingyas illegal: Telangana HC

Rohingyas outside their makeshift tent. [File Photo]

Hyderabad: To ‘detain or confine’ Rohingyas at Cherlapally prison is ‘illegal’ for the state government, the Telangana High Court stated on Thursday.

The high court bench, composed of Justices Shameem Akhter and E.V. Venugopal, granted all five writ petitions submitted by the Rohingya residents of Hyderabad’s Hafeez Baba Nagar on Thursday, Siasat reported.

The report quoting the Bench said that Section 3(2)g of the Foreigners Act of 1946 prohibits the state from imprisoning Rohingyas.

The Division Bench issued its rulings in a group of five writ petitions brought by Rohingya residents of Roshan Ud Daula, Hafeez Baba Nagar, Hyderabad, who are contesting GO 538, dated 4 October 2021, which confines and detains them in the Cherlapally central jail while criminal cases against them are being processed and tried, the report said.

The petitioners told the court that the state lacks the authority to imprison and detain Rohingyas, the Siasat report added.

Section 3(2)(g) of the Foreigners Act of 1946 gives the government of India the authority to issue such an order; the state does not have this authority, it said.


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