CJI N. V. Ramana raised some issues concerning the Indian community during his meeting with the UAE Justice Minister.
New Delhi: Chief Justice of India N. V. Ramana has taken up the issue of consular access to Indians lodged in UAE prisons.
On a visit to the UAE, Justice Ramana said he had taken up with the UAE Justice Minister the issue of 175 pending extradition orders and 195 pending requests for the exchange of prisoners. He was assured that those would be looked into and expedited.
The CJI spoke at the civic reception hosted by the Indian community in the UAE for him and Supreme Court Judge Hima Kohli.
Chief Justice Ramana also visited the Union Supreme Court of the UAE in Abu Dhabi at the invitation of Mohammad Hamad Al Badi, the chief justice of the top court of the Gulf country.
CJI Ramana said when he met the UAE Justice Minister, "The latter was full of praise for the Indian community and its contribution in the progress of the UAE."
He said, during the meeting, he took the opportunity to flag a few issues concerning the community.
"I had the chance to take up matters related to 175 pending extradition orders and 195 pending requests for exchange of prisoners. Similarly, issuance of notifications for implementation of bilateral treaties also figured in our meeting," he said.
The UAE minister responded 'positively' to the suggestions regarding expeditious execution of decrees/orders passed by the courts here in favour of Indians working in the Gulf country.
"I must say the response was positive and encouraging," the CJI said, adding that the Indian Ambassador will also follow up on the matters.
The CJI also said that the UAE had made some laws to protect the traditional rights and laws of the Indians.
"They said the legislation is already made. They are going to implement it but there are some practical difficulties. There are not a sufficient number of interpreters in courts. They promised they will take care of it," Chief Justice Ramana said.