73-year-old citizen implicated in India due to this 'historic decision' of Australia, sued his own government
Australian Citizen Sues His Own Government After Stranded in India: A 73-year-old Australian citizen stranded in India since March last year to prosecute those who try to ban flights from India and try to enter the country from there. He has sued the federal government in Sydney court for threatening and has described the government's move as 'unconstitutional'. Lawyers for Gary Newman, who have been stranded in Bangalore since last year, have argued in a Sydney court that the ban is 'unconstitutional'.
For the first time in history, the Australian government has prohibited those citizens who have spent 14 days in India before returning to Australia (Travel Restrictions by Australia). The government has threatened that such people will be prosecuted and imprisoned for up to five years, plus a fine of 66,000 Australian dollars. Michael Bradley and Chris Ward have filed an application before Justice Stephen Burley on Wednesday afternoon.
Neuman wants to return home
ABC News reports that the application states that the Commonwealth has acted out of its rights and that the announcement by Health Minister Greg Hunt violates the freedom to return home (Australia Travel Restrictions For Citizens). Ward said that Newman is in Bangalore and wants to return home but cannot do so because of Hunt's announcement. Burley ordered that the proceedings be expedited and the official date of hearing should be fixed in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Why this decision was taken?
Hunt had issued a statement on Saturday saying that the National Cabinet has announced a temporary ban on his return from India and this was done in view of the bad situation of India Covid-19 Situation in India. This decision has come into effect from Monday and will be reviewed on 15 May. India is battling the second wave of corona virus and more than three lakh cases of corona virus are coming every day for the last one week.