SC dismisses plea seeking cancellation of Taslima Nasreen’s visa

TheSupreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking cancellation of exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen‘s visa for allegedly violating certain provisions of the Foreigners Act.

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) had earlier approached the apex court to cancel Nasreen’s visa for violating several laws like the Foreigners Act, 1946 and Foreign Orders, 1948, after the Delhi High Court rejected this plea in September 2015.

Nasreen’s visa was in August last year extended for a year by the Union Home Ministry, thereby permitting her to stay in India till August 2016.

The decision was reportedly taken following an intervention of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh as Taslima had requested the government to further extend her visa.

Nasreen had left Bangladesh in 1992 due to death threats from Islamic fundamentalists who alleged that her work, especially ‘Lajja’ meant to insult their religion.

She has been living in exile since 1994. (ANI)