Susan Nathan contests Kozhikode Collector's deportation order

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday reopened the appeal filed by British-born Israeli writer Susan Nathan against the Kozhikode District Collectors' order directing her to leave the country on expiry of her visa and heard certain new arguments made by her counsel.

The Bench of Acting Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice P.R. Ramachandra Menon had earlier reserved its verdict after conclusion of the arguments on the appeal.

When it was take up again, counsel for the writer said that a case had been registered against her under the provisions of the Foreigners' Act. He argued that if she was deported, she would be deprived of the opportunity to defend her in the case. Therefore, the writer's presence was essential in the State.

The court after hearing the arguments reserved its verdict again.

The appeal was filed against a single judge's order dismissing her plea against the District Collector's order asking her to leave the country in view of the expiry of her visa on September 16, 2010.

When the case was taken up for hearing, the Advocate General had refuted the arguments against the notice and submitted that the police report said that the writer had participated in various meetings organised by the National Development Front. Though she arrived on a visa for medical treatment, she was engaged in writing books and other activities. It was reported by the police that she never visited any hospital. Also, she did not turn up before the Collector though she was asked to appear.

In her petition she had sought a directive to the Collector to allow her to stay in Kozhikode till a decision was taken on her applications to get a resident permit.

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