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Delhi HC notice to Centre in French journo OCI case


NEW DELHI: Delhi HC on Monday issued a notice to Centre on plea by French journalist

Vanessa Dougnac

against her being denied permission to carry out ‘

journalistic activities

’ in India.
Single judge bench of Justice Subramonium Prasad sought Centre’s response through ministries of home affairs and external affairs in a week. The matter will be heard on March 12.

She has challenged order passed by FRRO on Sept 14, 2022, dismissing her application for OCI activity permission to undertake journalistic activity in India.

She submitted before court that Centre’s order is a “summary one-line order” which has been passed in a mechanical manner, without any application of mind and in complete violation of principles of natural justice and due process.

“The Impugned Order contravenes her right to dignity in as much as it results in her complete exclusion from participation in society’s activities and her right to contest any allegations,” the plea filed by her said.
A show-cause notice was issued to her on Jan 18 by Centre as to why her OCI should not be cancelled under Citizenship Act, 1955 in interest of sovereignty and integrity of India.

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