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Aakar Patel stopped from leaving India at Bengaluru airport


Former Amnesty International India head Aakar Patel was on Wednesday barred from boarding a flight to the United States at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA). In a tweet, Aakar stated he was placed on the exit management listing, though he obtained his passport by means of a court docket order particularly for the US journey.

His inclusion within the listing was associated to a case filed towards Amnesty India International by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Aakar has now filed a petition in Delhi to quash the Look Out Circular (LOC) issued towards him by the CBI.

The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) declined to elaborate however confirmed that the choice to cease him from flying was made by the Immigration officers.

Aakar was to board a British Airway flight at about 6.30 am on Wednesday. “I had checked in my bags and got my boarding pass. At the Immigration, I was told that I couldn’t go because my name was in the LOC,” he instructed DH.

“It is malicious and the government knew that I was leaving. They had opposed giving my passport back to me. Why did they not tell me you are there on another list? I would have taken them to court on that. But they didn’t do that. This is devious,” he stated.

A BJP MLA had filed a case beneath seciton 153A towards Aakar in Surat in late 2020. “As part of my bail condition, I had surrendered my passport and it was with the court all this time. Last time I had an engagement with the CBI in 2020 when they sent summons and I went and met them. I have not heard from the CBI in the last 13 months.”

Aakar had moved the court docket to get his passport again after being invited for lectures within the Michigan, Berkeley and New York universities. Despite the federal government’s objection that he was a flight danger, the passport was returned to him. He was allowed to go however requested to be again by the tip of May.

Agencies citing sources stated the CBI had filed a case towards Amnesty International India and three of its affiliate organisations in November, 2019, based mostly on a criticism by the Home Ministry for alleged violation of the availability of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 and the Indian Penal Code.

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