Government is already taking action: CJI on petition to evacuate Indian from Ukraine
Replying to the PIL filed in the Supreme Court for evacuation of Indian students stranded in the war-struck Ukraine, Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Thursday said that the Supreme Court can’t do anything regarding the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine as from the war-hit Ukraine. The CJI further asked, “what will the court do? Can I give directions to the President of Russia to stop the war?”
“What can we do in this matter? Tomorrow, you will ask us to issue orders to Putin…Can we ask Putin to stop the war? We have full sympathy and concern with the students. The government of India is doing its job,” CJI Ramana said. Justices A S Bopanna and Hima Kohli too were part of the SC bench that was hearing the matter.
The petitioner’s lawyer claimed the students were being prevented from crossing over to Romania from Ukraine. Amid the Russia-Ukraine war crisis, several Indian Citizens are stranded in Ukraine for which a PIL was filed before the Supreme Court.
“Flights are being operated from Poland and Hungary and not from Romania. The students, which also included many girls, are stuck without any facility,” the lawyer told the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and Hima Kohli.
Currently, India has flagged off Operation Ganga to evacuate Indians from Ukraine via Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia at its own expense as Ukraine has closed its airspace for civilian flights.
India has till now successfully evacuated Indians from Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Moldova, and Poland. Over a dozen flights have taken off including 3 Indian Airforce flights bringing back over 3000 Indian nationals – often welcomed by Union Ministers at various Indian airports.
The Supreme Court Thursday asked Attorney General K K Venugopal to use his office in helping evacuate some Indian medical students stranded in war-ravaged Ukraine near the Romania border.
With Ukraine shutting off its airspace, India embarked on a special evacuation operation of Indians stranded in Ukraine through alternative routes through Ukraine’s neighboring countries.
Indian Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia is handling evacuation from Romania and Moldova borders, Kiren Rijiju from Slovakia border, Hardeep Singh Puri at Hungary border, and V K Singh at Poland. PM Modi spoke to President Putin to ensure the safe removal of Indian citizens from the war zone – giving a 6-hour window to Indians to evacuate Kharkiv.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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