K. T. Jaleel’s intervention to bring home youth from abroad is violation of protocol, says expert
Thiruvananthapuram: Higher Education Minister K. T. Jaleel’s intervention in the consulate to bring back a youth, who published a derogatory post, from UAE to Kerala is in violation of protocol. Nobody is allowed to make such intervention without adhering to the law, an expert said.
It must be noted that Swapna Suresh, accused in the gold smuggling case had stated that K. T. Jaleel had intervened in the UAE consulate to deport a youth named Yasar Arafat. Following her statement, the youth’s father came out against the minister.
Former ambassador T. P. Sreenivasan said that a person cannot be brought back only on the basis of a complaint and when the crime has not been proved.
There are clear rules in this regard. First a police complaint must be filed. Then the foreign country must be contacted through Interpol. A trial must be held in the foreign country also. Such an individual cannot be brought back without guaranteeing that his human rights will not be violated. Any other interventions are illegal, he said.
“No minister can directly intervene in the consulate. If Swapna Suresh’s statement is true, the minister has committed a serious offence,” T. P. Sreenivasan added.
However, K. T. Jaleel responded that his effort was to bring back a person who tried to create rift in the society and ensure punishment for him.