Court asks government to ensure basic facilities at deportation camp

July 30th, 2008 - 9:26 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the central government to ensure that 11 foreign nationals living in a deportation camp here are provided basic facilities. The missive came after a court appointed lawyer’s report said the camp lacked facilities like water supply and electricity. Eleven foreign nationals approached the court July 9 through a letter alleging lack of facilities in the deportation camp in the national capital.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar appointed amicus curiae (court appointed lawyer) Arvind Nigam, who submitted his report before it.

The report stated how the foreign nationals are living without food, water and electricity in the camps.

The camp is maintained by the Foreigners Regional Registration Office of the government of India.

Expressing displeasure over the government’s attitude towards the foreign nationals, the court said the government should provide food of their choice to them and all the other basic needs like water and electricity.

The court will hear the matter further on Thursday and is likely to issue some guidelines over the matter.

The court had converted the letter by the nationals into a public interest petition.

The foreigners also allege that they face language problem while communicating with the camp officials.

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