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Government told to appoint officer to handle Indian hostages abroad

Government told to appoint officer to handle Indian hostages abroad
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The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to consider appointing a nodal officer in its External Affairs Ministry to coordinate and oversee efforts in ensuring release of Indians abducted by deadly terror outfit ISIS in Iraq.

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to consider appointing a nodal officer in its External Affairs Ministry to coordinate and oversee efforts in ensuring release of Indians abducted by deadly terror outfit ISIS in Iraq.

A bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices M Y Eqbal and R Banumathi asked the MEA to entrust the task to an official and disposed of a PIL on the issue.

The PIL, filed by Delhi-based lawyer Gaurav K Bansal, said that as per an RTI reply from Indian Embassy in Baghdad, about 40 Indians are still missing in war-ravaged Iraq since 2014.

The bench, however, did not issue notice on the PIL and disposed it of with the observation that the Centre may consider appointing a Nodal Officer.

Besides various reliefs, the plea had sought a direction to the Centre to "forthwith intervene and expedite the process of release" of Indians held hostages in Iraq.

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