The Calcutta High Court has restrained the Central Government from deporting 4 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar until the matter is taken up for hearing by the High Court on 10th August.

The Bench of Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya ordered thus "Since the writ petition contains a prayer for restraint on the respondent authorities not to deport the petitioner to Myanmar, this Court is of the view that until the matter is taken up for hearing by this Court, the respondents shall not give any effect to any order of deportation of the four petitioners, if any such order has been made after filing of the writ petition, till further orders are passed in the matter."

This comes after the petitioners-Rohingya Muslims received verbal communication from the jail authorities that they would be deported to Myanmar.

Following which, Counsel Afreen Begum appearing for the petitioners mentioned the matter before the High Court on an urgent basis.

Advocate Dhiraj Trivedi appeared for the Union of India whereas Advocate Anirban Ray appeared for the State.

The Court while restraining them from deportation directed petitioners to file a supplementary affidavit bringing the subsequent events on record before the returnable date and asked them to serve an advance copy of the same on the counsel appearing for the respondents.

The petitioners who are Rohingya Muslims had served their period of detention on 20th July, 2019 however they continued to remain in the Dumdum Correctional Home since then.

The Court has listed the matter for August 10, 2022.

The Court also directed that in the meantime the petitioners be provided with facilities which are commensurate to their right to live with dignity.

Cause Title- Fatema Begum & Ors. v. The Union of India & Ors.

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