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High Court of Bombay at Goa has Rejected Petition

The high court of Bombay at Goa has rejected a petition filed by a 28-year-old Russian man challenging an order passed by the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) directing him to reside at a detention centre at Mapusa.

The government replied that the petitioner was to be produced before the extradition court in New Delhi, but this was not possible on account of the Covid-19 situation. Advocate general Devidas Pangam replied that relocating the petitioner at this stage or producing him before the extradition court in New Delhi was not only contrary to his interest but would also put the lives and well-being of the escorting police officers from Goa at severe risk.

The petitioner had moved the court stating that he was being illegally held at the detention centre in Mapusa and should be released. He said he had arrived in India in February 2013 and had lost his bag containing his passport, mobile phone and money while travelling to Dehradun in August that year.

He told the court that he had subsequently purchased a ticket and was given a travel document by the Russian consulate, but was taken aside by officials at the Dabolim airport and sent to the Colvale central jail.