The released foreigner shall report once every week to the police station specified by the foreigners’ tribunal, a statement by the apex court bench said Credit: File image

Guwahati: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of detenues who have been kept as foreigners in detention camps of Assam for more than three years after being declared illegal by foreigners’ tribunals.

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, however, decided upon the release of the detained foreigners based on certain conditions.

The apex court directed the illegal immigrants to furnish a bond of Rs 1 lakh with two Indian sureties and give details of stay addresses after their release.

“Biometric of his/her iris (if possible) and all ten fingerprints and photos shall be captured and stored in a secured database before release from the detention camps. He or she shall report once every week to the police station specified by the Foreigners Tribunal,” a statement by the apex court bench said.

It also directed the state government to place on record a detailed scheme, in consultation with the Gauhati High Court (on the administrative side), with regard to the constitution of foreigners’ tribunals, including the appointment of members, staff, etc.

“A quarterly report is to be submitted by the superintendent of police (border) to the foreigners’ tribunal regarding appearance of such released declared foreigners to the concerned police station and in case of violation of condition, the DFN will be apprehended and produced before foreigners’ tribunal,” the bench further informed.

Meanwhile, the top court also agreed upon to give more time to the state government to indicate the progress made on the diplomatic level, among others, with regard to deportation of declared foreigners and setting up of additional foreigners’ tribunals.

The matter will be placed again for hearing in the apex court’s table in July.

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