March 17th, 2012
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HC dismisses Susan Nathan appeal; author to be deported

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Kochi: Dismissing the appeal filed by Israeli writer Susan Nathan, the Kerala High Court Division Bench, issued an order asking the author to leave the country as she had over stayed her visa period that expired on September 16, 2010. Earlier the High Court single bench has asked the Police Commissioner, G Sparjankumar, who is also the Foreigner’s Registration Officer to deport the writer to Israel for violating visa rules.

Advocate Manjeri Sunderraj had filed an appeal on behalf of Susan Nathan against the single bench verdict dismissing her writ petition challenging the Kozhikode District Collector Mr P B Salim’s order directing her to leave the country. This appeal was dismissed by the Bench of Acting Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice PR Ramachandra Menon.

Susan Nathan has been accused of violating visa norms. The author had come on a service visa which was granted on the condition that she would undertake voluntary services at the Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kozhikode under Dr Suresh Babu. The Nadakave police SI Mr Jayan who was investigating her case told doolnews that she had not provided her services at the institute and that after further investigations they had reasons to believe that she was involved in suspicious activities.

A look out circular had been issued on her Israeli passport by the Union Home Ministry. Police sources told doolnews that the IB had stated that she had maintained links with extremist groups during her stay in Kerala and that her movement, travel, actions and interactions with various individuals and groups have been considered to be ambiguous, debatable and suspicious.

The Court while giving its verdict stated that the action against the author was taken as the safety and security of the country should be given paramount importance. The court added that it had no reason to disbelieve the data collected by the special branch of the State police.

Susan Nathan had argued that she should be allowed to stay in the country as a criminal case had been registered against her and that if deported now she would be deprived of the right to defend herself. The court however rejected her line of argument and observed that if this contention was accepted, anybody who desires to overstay their visa period could get a case registered against themselves.

The 62 year old British born Jewish writer is currently under ‘house arrest’ at Sree Nivas, Kozhikode, Kerala. Susan Nathan’s deportation issue is being keenly followed up by national as well as international dailies. The author who was mired in controversy was interviewed by doolnews. The British daily Daily Mail published a detailed news story on the authors predicament in Gods own country based on the interview published in doolnews.

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