Supreme Court on Extradition of ISIS Terrorists from India jailed in Afghanistan: ‘Making it clear we are expressing no opinion’

  • Thyagarajan Narendran & Gautam Mishra
  • 12:48 PM, 03 Jan 2022

The Supreme Court on Monday disposed off the plea seeking extradition of two women from the Republic of Afghanistan who went to join ISIS, a terrorist organization and have been detained in Afghanistan before the Taliban took over. Court said that it has expressed no opinion on this issue and the Government may consider the issue within 8 weeks.

A bench of Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice BR Gavai noted that, "In case the petitioner is aggrieved they can approach the High Court. We make it clear we are not expressing any opinion."

The petition has been filed seeking the direction for processing the extradition request of detainees from the republic of Afghanistan stating that a representation has been referred to extradite Sebastian alias Aisha and her daughter Sara. Who surrendered to Afghani forces in 2019.

It was submitted that the detainees went to Afghanistan to join the husband of the 1st Detainee who became a member of the Islamic terrorist organization ISIS.

Whereas the bench has been informed that he was killed later, Interpol issued a red notice in 2018 in the name of the 1st detainee. After the surrender, they have been lodged in a prison in Afghanistan.

However, the bench directed the Central Government and the Ministry of External Affairs to consider and report back on extradition within 8 weeks from today. In addition to this the court further noted that in case the petitioner is aggrieved they can approach the HC.

Case Title: VJ Sebastian Francis Vs. Union of India and Ors.