Supreme Court asked centre to file a report on foreign prisoners

Vastavam web: The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to file a report on the latest status of the foreign nationals, including those from Pakistan, languishing in jails after having serving out their full sentence.A direction to this effect came from a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan after Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar submitted that the Centre had filed a status report in the matter in April last year.The apex court also asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to file a report in this regard after senior advocate Bhim Singh, the petitioner in the case, said that the state should also be directed to furnish the details about such foreign nationals.

Singh, who heads a political party, Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party, told the bench that when he had filed the plea in 2005, there were 82 such persons who were detained in Jammu and Kashmir.The solicitor general referred to the orders passed by the apex court earlier in the matter and said the government, in its April last year affidavit, had given details about the system which was in place.

The apex court, which has posted the matter to hearing on July 27, asked the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir to file the reports by July 20.