Send back overstaying foreigners soon: HC

Send back overstaying foreigners soon: HC
The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday observed that foreign nationals who are overstaying in the country should be sent back to their country as soon as possible. While hearing a petition filed by a Ugandan national, Justice Anand Byrareddy directed the Ugandan national to buy the tickets to go back to his place and produce the ticket in the next hearing. He asked the counsel to buy the flight ticket and if the petitioner does not have the money then he should be shipped back in a cargo ship.

Junia Erastus Mayemba has approached the high court seeking quashing of the case filed against him by the police for overstaying. He has contended that he came to India on student visa and was studying BCom at Sri Omkar College for Commerce and Management.  Following a letter by the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO) to the Bagalur police to take action against Junia for overstaying, the police registered a case and arrested him.

His visa expired on May 13, 2014. Junia was to renew his visa and approached the FRRO office, wherein a letter from the college was also required. Much later, the Ugandan national learnt that the college where he was studying was not recognised by the Karnataka government. Junia has contended that the reason for his overstay is that his college has cheated him. Junia has also approached the State Human Rights Commission in the matter. Representatives from the Bureau of Immigration will be appearing in the next hearing.

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