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Calcutta HC quashes Centre’s notice to Polish student to leave India for joining anti-CAA rally

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The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday set aside a ”Leave India” notice to a Polish student by the Centre for allegedly participating in an anti-CAA protest at Jadavpur University.

Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharyya directed the Centre not to give effect to the notice served on the Poland citizen, who studies at the Jadavpur University.

The high court had earlier put a stay on the operation of the notice, till it passes an order on his petition challenging the notice.

Kamil Siedczynski, a post-graduate comparative literature student at Jadavpur University, was served with a ‘Leave India Notice” dated February 14 from the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO), Kolkata.

Siedczynski had moved the High Court with a writ petition saying he did not directly participate in any movement against the Indian government.

The student in his petition had asked the court to restrain authorities from giving effect to the notice, which asked him to leave India within 14 days of receiving the notice, and from deporting him.

The petition had also said that it is not in consonance with India’s obligations and it violates principles enunciated under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (1966), which are applicable to all people.

Since he received the notice on February 24, he was required to leave the country by March 9.

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