The Centre on Friday instructed the Delhi High Court that YouTube vlogger Karl Rock has been blacklisted for violation of visa condition and was conducting enterprise on partner visa.
“He has been blacklisted for visa violation. Let me file a status report. He was conducting business on spouse visa.”, counsel for the Centre, advocate Anurag Ahluwalia instructed a bench of Justice Rekha Palli.
The court docket was listening to a petition by Manisha Malik, the spouse of the vlogger, difficult the Centre’s alleged “arbitrary and unreasonable” resolution to disclaim visa to her husband to enter India.
The court docket mentioned that whereas grant of visa was the prerogative of the Centre, it needs to be cheap and be communicated to the social gathering.
“You may be justified but they have to know. It is the prerogative of the government but they have to be justifiable,” the court docket mentioned whereas issuing discover to the Centre on the petition and granted three weeks” time to it to file its response.
If there’s any confidential info, it’s open to the Centre to furnish the identical in a sealed cowl, the court docket added.
The Counsel for Malik, advocate Fuzail Ahmad Ayyubi knowledgeable the court docket that his shopper obtained no phrase from the federal government on the denial of visa and whereas exiting India in October final yr, the visa was merely stamped “cancelled without prejudice”.
“I asked for an extension and instead they gave me an exit permit,” Ayyubi said.
He added that in his keep in India, the vlogger even donated plasma twice after recovering from COVD-19.
The matter could be heard subsequent on September 23.
In her petition, Malik has submitted that her husband, Karl Edward Rice, visited most of India to seize its magnificence and contribute to the promotion of tourism right here.
The plea mentioned since their marriage in 2019, the couple has been dwelling in Delhi and Rice has not been in a position to return to India from New Zealand since October 10 final yr.
“The petitioner’s husband, Karl Edward Rice, has a twin nationality New Zealand and Netherlands and has been visiting India since 2013 strictly abiding by the legal guidelines of the nation and the circumstances of visa.
“During the entire period since 2013, while the petitioner’s husband has been granted Indian visa on various occasions, there hasn’t been even a single allegation against the petitioner’s husband,” the plea mentioned.
Subsequent to their marriage, Rice was granted an X-2 Visa (meant for partner/youngsters of an Indian citizen) which had a validity interval of May 2019 to May 2024 and one of the circumstances within the visa for him was to exit India each 180 days or to intimate the Foreigner Regional Registration Office involved.
“Complying with the aforesaid condition of exiting the nation, whereas Rice left India on October 10, 2020, he has not been in a position to return to India as a result of any utility for issuance of an Indian visa is being rejected by the respondents.
“While the petitioner has been running from pillar to post and no reasons are communicated to either Karl Edward Rice or to the petitioner herself as to on what basis her husband’s request for issuance of visa have been rejected,” the petition mentioned, including that Rice was solely verbally knowledgeable that he has been blacklisted and due to this fact he isn’t permitted to enter India.
The plea sought course to authorities to name for data pertaining to cancellation of visa and unilateral blacklisting of Rice and in addition sought to evaluate or quash the choice blacklisting him and permit him entry to India.
As another, the plea sought to direct the authorities to grant a significant listening to to the couple on the sudden blacklisting of Rice.