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SC Asks Centre to Appoint Officer to Handle Indian Hostages Abroad

Published: 12th February 2016 08:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th February 2016 08:30 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to consider appointing a nodal officer in its External Affairs Ministry to coordinate and oversee efforts in ensuring release of Indians abducted by deadly terror outfit ISIS in Iraq.     

A bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices M Y Eqbal and R Banumathi asked the MEA to entrust the task to an official and disposed of a PIL on the issue.            

The PIL, filed by Delhi-based lawyer Gaurav K Bansal, said that as per an RTI reply from Indian Embassy in Baghdad, about 40 Indians are still missing in war-ravaged Iraq since 2014.          

The bench, however, did not issue notice on the PIL and disposed it off with the observation that the Centre may consider appointing a Nodal Officer.         

Besides various reliefs, the plea had sought a direction to the Centre to "forthwith intervene and expedite the process of release" of Indians held hostages in Iraq.   

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