Dec. 29, 2019

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she that will not allow any detention centre to operate in the State. Kerala also decided to put it on hold.


  • The Centre has the power to deport foreign nationals staying illegally in the country under Section 3(2)(c) of The Foreigners Act, 1946.

  • State governments have also been entrusted under Article 258(1) of the Constitution to take similar steps.

  • In 1998, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) asked all States/UTs to restrict the movement of convicted foreign nationals who had completed their jail sentence and confine them detention centres/camps, pending confirmation of their nationality from the country concerned.

  • The centres are also used to hold foreigners who have been caught overstaying their visa term.

  • in January 2019, a detailed manual on “model detention centres” was circulated to make a distinction between “jails and detention centres”. 

Source : The Hindu