Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai, who had expected to deliver a speechÂ to British Parliamentarians on JanuaryÂ 14th on incidents of human rights violation in Madhya Pradesh, but was denied by the Indian government on the belief that she would be diminishing the country’s reputation on an international stage, has finally had the Lookout Circular issued against her removed. The court had previously reserved the circular.
Ms. Pillai was offloaded byÂ immigration personnel while travelling to London to make the speech. Earlier, she had told the court: “There is no law that has been invoked by the government to justify their action of preventing her from exercising her fundamental right of speech and expression before members of parliament in Britain,” and that she was well within her rights to make known the plights of tribal communities toÂ a national or international audience.
Ms. Pillai’s lawyer Indira Jaising had said there was no “authority of law” in the arguments made against her actions.
Upon dismissingÂ the lookout circular, The High Court stated that the travel ban was “inappropriate” and that “you cannot muzzle dissent in a democracy and citizens can have different opinions on development policies.” They have ordered that her name be removed from the database of individuals with travel bans and that the passport entry on the 11th of January marked with ‘offload’ be expunged.