The issue came up before the court when it was informed that the American citizen, who was living in India for over a decade on a multiple entry valid business visa, was detained at the Chennai Airport at 1:30 am on January 5 and was told that since there was a mark on her file, she would have to go back to the US.
Taking note of the development, the high court said that as the 48-year-old woman, Kasha Elizabeth Vande, has already been deported, it cannot restrain the authorities from sending her back to her country. "Court is informed that the US national was put on a flight the same day and returned to the US on January 5, 2018.
"In view of the above development, the court granting the relief of retraining the authorities from deporting the woman does not arise," a bench of Justices S Muralidhar and IS Mehta said.
During the hearing, the counsel for the Ministry of External Affairs showed a letter from December 2017 that the foreigner was blacklisted as she was involved in NGO activities in Puducherry while holding a business visa.
The government's counsel said her blacklisting was recommended following visa violations.
The court asked whether the woman was informed in advance that she was blacklisted, to which her lawyer Kamlesh Kumar Mishra replied in the negative.
According to her lawyer, Kasha Elizabeth Vande was running a cafe and boutique named Kasha ki Asha in Puducherry.
On her arrival to Chennai via Kuwait Airlines, she was detained at the airport after which she informed her acquaintance Lal Babu Lalit about the incident who then filed a petition in the high court through advocate Mishra.
The plea had sought an order to the authorities to immediately produce Kasha before the court.
The court had sought response of the Ministry of External Affairs and Bureau of Immigration on the petition.
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