MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Monday stayed the deportation of Pakistani national Siraj Khan, who had entered India on the Samjhauta Express when he was 11 years old nearly two decades ago. A division bench headed by Justice S J Vazifdar granted Siraj interim protection till July 14. He will continue to remain in the custody of the RAK Marg police, where he has been for about a month, the bench said. The deportation process was scheduled for June 5. The court was hearing a petition filed by Sajida, Khan’s wife, seeking a stay on his deportation till his application seeking Indian citizenship is decided and free movement for him within the city so that he can earn livelihood since he was the sole breadwinner of his family which included three kids. The family is willing to furnish sureties for his release, if required by the court.

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