The Supreme Court, while applauding the government’s efforts in evacuating Indians from Ukraine, said it is “concerned about the anxiety” of students there and asked the Centre to consider setting up an “online helpline” to assist parents and families of those who have been stranded.
“We are not saying anything about the efforts that you are taking,” Chief Justice of India N V Ramana said in response to a petition seeking the evacuation of students from the war zone. That is greatly appreciated… But, at the same time, we are concerned about the children’s anxiety…”
Attorney General K K Venugopal stated that the Prime Minister met with ministers at a high level this morning to speed up the evacuation of remaining Indians from Ukraine. He stated that 17,000 people had been evacuated and that 7,000 people remained. The bench commended Venugopal’s efforts and requested that he maintain an online helpline for parents and families of those stranded in Ukraine.
At the outset, Venugopal stated that the students stranded near the Ukraine-Romania border, including petitioner Fathima Ahana of National Medical University in Odessa, Ukraine, had crossed over to Romania.
“The concern was communicated to Shri P K Mishra (Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary),” Venugopal told the bench on Friday. Shri Scindia (Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia), the person in charge in Romania, was informed of this, and Fatima Ahana’s phone number was also provided… She’s currently in Romania.
I anticipate that she and her companions — the other college students ” The A-G also pointed to another petition being filed in Rajasthan High Court and expressed his concern about more such petitions being filed, urging the bench to leave the issue to the government.