Court stays deportation of 13-year-old Tibetan boy

April 20th, 2009 - 10:26 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Monday stayed the deportation of a 13-year old Tibetan boy who is regarded as fourth incarnation of an ancient revered monk but the Indian government considers a security threat.
“No coercive steps should be taken to deport the petitioner,” Justice S.Ravinder Bhat said on a petition filed by Lodro Chokyi Nyima, regarded as the incarnation of Jamgon Kongtiul Rinpoche, seeking to quash the deportation order passed by the centre in March this year.

Justifying the government’s action, additional solicitor general P.P.Malhotra contended that the child did not have a valid passport and he was to be deported as he was a security threat to the country.

However, the court turned down the government’s plea.

“Even the Dalai Lama did not have a passport. It is all about how you see it. The person is facing threat to his life and such a circumstance has to be considered,” the court said.

Nyima was born in Lhasa on Nov 26, 1995. His parents brought him to India in 1997 when he was two years old. However, they went back to Lhasa after leaving the boy in the custody of Central Tibetan Administration.

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