Former Amnesty International India Chief Aakar Patel tweeted this evening that he has again been stopped at the airport from flying out. “Have been stopped at immigration again. cbi has not taken me off their look out circular,” read his post that came shortly after a special court ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation to “immediately” drop the lookout circular or airport alert against him.
Mr Patel had approached the court after he was stopped from flying to the US yesterday from the Bengaluru airport. The court ordered that the investigating agency give him a written apology in view of the “mental harassment”.
Mr Patel had told the court that he was apparently on an “exit control list” because of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) case against the Amnesty International.
The court strongly criticised the agency, saying a lookout circular should not have been issued “merely on the basis of apprehensions arising out of whims and fancies of the investigating agency”.
“This act of the investigating agency has caused monetary loss of around Rs.3.8 lakh to the applicant/accused as he has missed his flight and he was not allowed to board because of the LOC issued against him,” the court said.
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