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MEA, MHA miss deadline
SANJOY RAY
 GUWAHATI, May 15 - The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) have missed the deadline set by the Gauhati High Court with regard to deportation of an Afghan national currently lodged in a deportation camp in Assam.Sources informed this reporter that the Afghanistan government is yet to reciprocate India’s effort to deport Sarowar Khan, which is delaying the process.

It has been reliably learnt that the MEA and the MHA have taken up the issue of Sarowar Khan with their counterparts in Afghanistan more than once in the last couple of months, but to no avail.

Both the ministries have also been communicating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, which is checking the authenticity of the nationality claim of Khan.

The Gauhati High Court, in February this year, had recently pulled up the MEA and the MHA for their ‘cavalier’ attitude, leading to inordinate delay in the deportation of Khan.

The Court of Ujjal Bhuyan and Kalyan Rai Surana, in its order, had warned of taking an adverse view of the matter if the ministries fail to comply with the court order within two months.

Although Khan was declared as an Afghan national in 2014, his deportation continues to get delayed. Interestingly, Khan, during his stay, married a girl from Assam and the couple have a child.

The court also took strong exception to the fact that even after two years have passed since the petitioner was declared a foreigner residing illegally in India, neither the Centre nor the State government has shown any urgency to deport him.

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