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Delhi High Court dismisses appeal seeking Central Government to facilitate diplomatic intervention in Nimisha Priya case

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The Delhi High Court has dismissed the appeal preferred seeking Central Government to facilitate diplomatic interventions as well as negotiations with the family of the victim, on behalf of Nimisha Priya to save her life by paying blood money (diyah).

The Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla was hearing an appeal preferred against the March 15 order of Justice Yashwant Varma, whereby the Court had directed the concerned ministry to duly pursue the remedy against the order of conviction, whilst also directing the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to inform the Consulate at Yemen to facilitate the travel of the Priya’s mother along with providing interpreters if required.

Central Government Standing Counsel Anurag Ahluwalia submitted that in compliance of the Courts Order dated March 15, the Union Government would take all necessary steps to facilitate the next appeal, while also providing consular access to the appellant. He further informed the court that he had had a word with the concerned Joint Secretary and ceratin things cannot be said in the court.

The Appeal had sought to modify the order dated March 15, 2022, directing the Union Government to facilitate diplomatic interventions as well as negotiations with the family of the victim on behalf of Nimisha Priya to save her life by paying blood money in accordance with the law of the land (Sharia Law) in a time-bound manner.

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The original petition had been filed to save Indian citizen Nimsha Priya, a Nurse by profession in Yemen, who was awarded death sentence in that country for killing Talal Abdo Mahdi, a Yemeni National, after injecting him with sedatives to get back her passport, which was in his possession. Nimisha had alleged abuse and torture by Mahdi.

The original petition filed by the Save Nimisha Priya International Action Council, stated that Nimisha has been held guilty of murder after she gave sedatives to a man, who took her passport and “kept her like a slave” in Yemen. The plea further said that the deceased physically and financially abused her, and locked away her passport, so she could not return to India. Nimisha and a friend then gave sedatives to the deceased, leading to his death due to overdose.

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