Coronavirus: HC directs MEA to make sure protection of Indian college students stranded in Kazakhstan

Coronavirus: HC directs MEA to make sure protection of Indian college students stranded in Kazakhstan

The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to make sure welfare and security of Indian college students stranded at Almaty Airport in Kazakhstan for the previous 2-3 days besides meals and clinical resource due to coronavirus pandemic.

A bench of justices Siddharth Mridul and Talwant Singh, which carried out the listening to thru video conferencing, requested the authorities to expeditiously grant the college students primary facilities and help with regard to food, scientific care, lodging and transportation.

The listening to was once performed via video conferencing. The two judges joined from their residences while recommend Fozia Rahman, who seemed for the petitioner, and central authorities standing suggestions Jasmeet Singh, who represented the MEA, had been at their offices.

The courtroom was once informed that numerous Indian students, who are enrolled for greater studies, such as MBBS, at Semey Medical University in Kazakhstan are stranded along with at the Almaty Airport except food, water, transportation and scientific aid.

The petition was once filed by way of Sehla Saira.

The courtroom issued observe to the Centre thru MEA and granted time to file response to the petition.

"Let this bench be apprised of the quick response/reply on March 28," the court docket stated in its three-page order," it said.

"In the meantime...in view of the unsettled and tough state of affairs -- rising from the world COVID-19 pandemic -- in which Indian college students discover themselves stranded at the Almaty Airport, Kazakhstan, we discover it incumbent upon us to direct the Ministry of External Affairs, authorities of India, to straight away appoint a nodal officer from the Indian Embassy in Kazakhstan to ensure, inter alia, the welfare, well-being and security of all such Indian students," the bench said.

It additionally directed the nodal officer to expeditiously facilitate, invulnerable and supply these college students will all primary facilities and humanitarian assistance.

The court docket stated the important points of the nodal officer, which include his title and cellphone number, be communicated to the Indian college students stranded at the Almaty Airport and be additionally uploaded on internet site of Indian Embassy at Kazakhstan and on the internet site of MEA immediately.

The courtroom listed the be counted for in addition listening to on March 28.