When the plea moved by DMK seeking the evacuation of the stranded came up for hearing before a division bench comprising Justice MM Sundresh and Justice R Hemalatha, the counsel appearing for the Centre submitted that that 44 flights were provided between July 3 and July 20 to bring back stranded Indians to Tamil Nadu.
He further submitted that around 5.02 lakh Indians stranded due to lockdown in 137 foreign countries had been flown back in less than two months. The highest number of 94,085 had been flown to Kerala, followed by UP, Bihar and Tamil Nadu, which, he added, was a significant achievement.
Recording the submission and the undertaking given by the Centre that all Indians struck abroad would be repatriated soon, the bench sought details regarding cancellation of chartered flights destined to India two days ago and the utilisation of Indian welfare fund for deserving Indians stranded abroad.
It may be noted that during the previous hearing, another division bench had directed the Centre to come up with a solution that would enable all the 30,000 stranded Indians to return to Tamil Nadu.