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1,156 foreigners overstaying in state, Govt to HC

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Bengaluru: Following the recent court direction, state government on Thursday submitted before the High Court that around 1,156 foreigners were overstaying in the state.

Only Devanagari script for Konkani writing, says HC-1In the submission the state government has alleged that the dual policies of the Centre, through circulars issued by External Affairs and Home Ministries, has led to the increase in number of over-staying foreigners.

Earlier the court had directed state government to submit details with regard to the number of foreigners who have over-stayed in the state, along with number of such pending cases before the lower courts.

The state government informed court that, of the 30 thousand foreigners currently residing in the state for various reasons, around 1,156 of them are overstaying. As per concerned Act, after obtaining the visa, the foreigners are not supposed to indulge in other activities, but people who obtain student visa for study purposes are indulging in other businesses, and they even make false allegations against our country, the government said.

The The assistant solicitor general further said that as per Section 14 of The Foreigners Act, 1946, it imposes ‘penalty’ for those who remain in any part of the country for a period of time exceeding the one stipulated in the visa. Whereas according to the circulars issued by External Affairs Ministry and Home Ministry, it recommends to blacklist foreigners, staying illegally for a certain period of time. The state said the dual policies has led to the increase in number of over staying foreigners and the central government has to reconsider the matter.

The court took police to task for failing to act in the matter and to compound passport and other documents in many such cases and felt if a special centre can be set up for such offenders till the cases against them are disposed of.

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