Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana Thursday said the Apex Court can’t do anything regarding the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
A PIL was filed before the Supreme Court for the evacuation of Indian students stranded there in the war-hit Ukraine.
“What will the court do? Can I give directions to the President of Russia to stop the war?” the CJI said after the PIL was mentioned before him on March 3. The petitioner’s lawyer claimed that the students were being prevented from crossing over to Romania from Ukraine.
“On social media, I saw some videos saying what is CJI doing! We sympathise with them,” the CJI said. As the counsel contesting for the PIL said, “People are freezing. They have to take care”, the CJI added, “Who has to take care? The government is already doing. We will ask the AG to find out.”
The Supreme Court also asked Attorney General KK Venugopal to help the stranded Indian students after speaking to the government. “Please, help as you can,” the CJI told Venugopal. The PIL will be forwarded to AG’s office.
PIL filed before Supreme Court for evacuation of Indians from Ukraine
Moreover, the situation went grim after Ukraine shut off its airspace. Sooner, India embarked on a special evacuation operation for the Indians stranded in Ukraine.
It will airlift Indian through alternative routes via Ukraine’s neighboring countries. Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia Thursday also said that under “Operation Ganga”, 3,726 Indians will be brought back to India on Thursday on eight flights from Bucharest, two flights from Suceava, one flight from Kosice, five flights from Budapest and three flights from Rzeszow.
Meanwhile, Minister of state for defense Ajay Bhatt said Operation Ganga is progressing successfully. Furthermore, four Union ministers have been deputed to oversee the evacuation of Indians. The minister also added that he received the Indians who arrived by the 4th Indian Air Force aircraft at Hindon airbase near Delhi.