New Delhi: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday stayed the Centre’s notice directing a Polish student at Jadavpur University to leave the country for allegedly participating in a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The order has been stayed until March 18 when the court will pass its own order on the student’s petition. Also Read - Kolkata: Polish Student at Jadavpur University Asked to Leave Country For Participating in Anti-CAA Rally
Kamil Siedcynski, a final-year Masters’ student in the Department of Comparative Literature at the university, had moved court after she received a ‘Leave India Notice,’ dated February 14, from the Kolkata branch of the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO). The FRRO comes under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Also Read - Bangladeshi Student at Visva Bharati University Asked to Leave India Over ‘Anti-govt’ Activities
Responding to the FRRO on February 17, the student had dismissed the allegations against her, saying that she had ‘no intention to participate’ in the stir that took place on December 19 at the Ram Lila Maidan. Stating that she went there out of ‘sheer curiosity,’ she wrote that she, in fact, had resisted a section of protesters when they asked her to raise slogans and hold posters. Also Read - After German Student, Now Norwegian Woman Asked to Leave India for Attending CAA Protest
In her response, she further stated that, however, she agreed to answer four ‘seemingly neutral’ questions asked in English by a journalist who, she said, later wrote an article stating that she was in favour of the protest and against the Act.”I never uttered these words and didn’t even discuss these issues with anyone during the protest,” she wrote.
Opposing her plea in the court, the Centre argued that a foreigner, who is India on a student visa, cannot question a law passed by the Parliament.
In December, a German student at IIT-Madras and a Norwegian tourist in Kochi, were told to leave the country after they participated in anti-CAA protests. More recently, a Bangladeshi student in Visva-Bharati University, which, like Jadavpur University, is in West Bengal, was told to leave India for indulging in unspecified ‘anti-India’ activities.