SHILLONG, Nov 01: Acquitted and out of the judicial proceedings that went on for almost three years, the BNP leader from Bangladesh, Salahuddin Ahmed might take more than a year to get back home after the legalities for his deportation are set right.
A lower court had recently acquitted Ahmed of all the charges and directed the Superintendent of Police to look into his deportation process. The BNP leader was charged under the Foreigners Act for trespassing into Indian Territory without valid documents in the year 2015.
East Khasi Hills, Superintendent of Police, Davis Marak informed that they have received the order from the court to deport him as quickly as possible, however he admitted that it is yet to be known how quickly they can do this as it is a very lengthy process.
“First we will have to write to the state government, the State Government will write to the Central Government who will then write to the Ministry of External affairs and then they will write to the counterpart in Bangladesh and only after that it will come back to us and then the deportation will happen,” said Marak.
Informing that the office of the Superintendent of Police is in the process of writing to the State Government, Marak said, “It is a very long procedure since the court has said that we have to deport and we have to follow this procedure”.
Asked how long it will take, Marak said, “As soon as we get the order we will deport him as quickly as possible, but again it depends on the fact that we need this clearance from the appropriate authorities”.
He also said that till the time of his deportation, Ahmed is free to move around as he was after getting bail, but within the jurisdiction of the court.