Thursday, September 30, 2021

Kerala HC allows foreign pilot to visit India to collect belongings

Kochi: The high court on Wednesday allowed a Portuguese pilot, whose visa was cancelled abruptly upon losing job with an Indian airline during Covid-19 lockdown, to visit the country for one week to retrieve his belongings and to clear his documentation.

Justice PV Kunhikrishnan issued the order after considering a petition filed by captain Pedro Guilherme Da Veiga Pereira E Oliveira Artilheiro through advocate Aysha Abraham.

While allowing the plea for entering the country, the court noted that as the petitioner’s belongings are in India and as his tax residency is also in India, he cannot obtain other employment unless he clears documentation.

In the order allowing entry for a week, the court directed the petitioner to inform the relevant authorities, including the Foreigners Regional Registration Office, about his dates of arrival and departure.

Through the petition, the captain had informed the court that he was put on leave without pay during the lockdown last year and then his contract was terminated, resulting in cancellation of visa.

Though he had alleged that the airline violated labour law and air safety regulations, the court did not interfere in it and allowed him to raise the contentions before the appropriate regulatory authority.

30/09/21 Times of India

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