Monday, August 12, 2019

Packed off from airport, US man seeking Indian job moves Bombay HC

Mumbai: A US national has moved the Bombay HC over his “arbitrary” expulsion from India within nine hours of arrival at the Mumbai airport in May 2018. He wants to return to work to India and wishes to know the reason for his expulsion.
Joshua Sadagursky (29) said this happened days after he was granted multiple-entry business visa for five years by the consulate general in New York due to his “noteworthy contribution in India”. Sadagursky, who worked with US NGO Global Citizen Year, had visited India in 2017 on a one-year visa for a fellowship programme with NGO Teach for India.

The US non-profit organisation Global Citizen Year offers fellowship programmes for university-bound students travelling to India.

Massachusetts resident Joshua Sadagursky’s petition said that due to a delay by authorities to extend his visa, he had overstayed in the country for 180 days, which he calls “a minor visa violation”. He was assured the issue was resolved after he paid a fine.

But the Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO), Hyderabad, issued an exit permit, and he had to leave the country on May 12, 2018.

In a few days, Sadagursky was granted a multiple-entry business visa for five years.

His petition said on May 21, 2018, when he arrived at Mumbai airport’s immigration counter, he was made to wait and thereafter told to return to the US. He was served a notice under the Foreigners Order, 1948, stating that he was required to be removed from India. No reasons were mentioned on it. “The petitioners begged for reasons to be communicated but to no avail,” his petition read.

Sadagursky was “forced” to buy his own ticket, escorted to the plane after boarding was complete, and his passport taken. It was returned on landing in the US.

His petition said during the nine hours between arrival and departure, he was not only denied access to higher authorities, but also not allowed to purchase food or to sleep. It added that the “illegal and unlawful events” at the hands of the immigration and FRRO officials violate Article 21 (Right to Life) and even the United Nations International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights to which India is a signatory.
11/08/19 Rosy Sequeira/Times of India
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