In pursuance of order dated 27.03.2020, Mr. Jasmeet Singh, Central Government standing counsel, informed the Delhi High Court about the instructions given by the Ministry of External Affairs stating, that a mess facility shall be opened by every medical college where Indian students have been staying in Bangladesh, in order to provide them with adequate food.

He also mentioned that all Indian medical students stranded in Bangladesh are being provided medical and other needed assistance. He further stated that a list of nodal officers were also uploaded on the website who could be contacted by any Indian citizen in case of a predicament.

The information came in response to a writ petition filed by Adv. Gaurav Kumar Bansal on behalf of Indian students stranded in Bangladesh as a result of the nationwide lockdown resulting in the temporary suspension of all International flights.

Gaurav Kumar Bansal, in his plea agreed to provide to Mr. Jasmeet Singh, the contact number of at least one student from each medical college in Bangladesh, where students have been facing any hardships.

The petitioner had mentioned earlier about the lack of welfare and wellbeing of almost 581 students stranded in Bangladesh.

In response to the abovementioned plea, the division bench comprising of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva and Justice Navin Chawla, who heard the matter vide video conferencing, ordered Ministry of External Affairs to submit a status report either in the form of an affidavit or an email of the concerned officer before 03.04.2020, the next hearing date.

Order:GAURAV KUMAR BANSAL ….. Petitioner vs Union of India & others