Delhi has become a safe refuge for "criminals from entire world", a court here said and directed the city Police Commissioner to nab those foreigners, who are living in the capital without any valid documents, and deport them back to their countries.
The court order came while hearing the bail plea of an Uzbek national Nazokat Madaminova, lodged in jail for running a prostitution racket here involving girls from foreign countries.
"Delhi has become a safe refuge for criminals from entire world. Laxity on the part of police and other state agencies like Foreigner Regional Registration Offices (FRRO), has facilitated them to operate from here and go scot-free," additional sessions judge Rajender Kumar Shastri said.
"There is no effective check on the moments of these unsolicited guests, who roam in the capital of the country freely and that under the nose of strong police force. They live here for several years without any valid document and run crime syndicates," he said.
The court rejected Nazokat's application saying, "Keeping in view the gravity of the offence and prima facie involvement of applicant in crime in question, no reason to enlarge her on bail at this stage."
Police had arrested Nazokat on a complaint by her cousin sister that she was called from Uzbekistan on the promise of employment in India but was forced into prostitution.
The complainant said she came to India in May 2013 and was kept captive in a house at GK-I in south Delhi before she manage to run away from Nazokat's clutches in September.
Four-five Afghan boys used to come there, drink and asked her for physical contacts with her, she complained, adding the boys also used to beat her.
However, the court took exception of the fact that how the applicant was residing in India for so long even if she came on a valid visa.
The court said the investigation officer of the case has to find out how many cases of human trafficking Nazokat was involved in.
It further said, "The High Court of Delhi and the Supreme Court of India have cautioned that illegal migrants have created danger to India's security."
The court asked the authority concerned to send the order copy to Delhi Police Commissioner, "with a request to ensure that foreigners residing in India without valid documents be apprehended and repatriated without any delay".
The judge, in his order, mentioned about a court order of April last year, which it has passed while sentencing four Bangladeshi nationals to 13 years in jail for committing a robbery in south Delhi and had directed Delhi government to identify and deport all foreigners illegally living here.
It had also asked them to file report "every third month about the progress made in identification of illegal migrants and also about their deportation till last identified illegal migrants is expelled".
"What to say of an order passed by this court in case...directing the Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi,
Director of FRRO and Commissioner of Police to ensure repatriation of foreigners residing in India illegally and also to identify such foreigners to ensure that they are sent back to their respective countries," the judge said.
The Delhi High Court, however, had stayed trial court's direction to the police commissioner and to chief secretary to immediately identify and deport Bangladeshi nationals staying illegally in the capital.