Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana on Thursday while hearing the petition regarding the evacuations of Indians from Ukraine said that he is concerned about the anxiety of parents. He said, "We are not saying anything about the efforts of the government. We are concerned about the anxiety of parents."
He further suggested that the centre could create an online helpline/information desk about Indians who are still stranded in Ukraine.
While hearing the petition, Ramana said, "Can we ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop the war? What can we do in this matter? Tomorrow, you will ask us to issue orders to Putin...Can we ask Putin to stop the war? We have full sympathy and concern with the students. The government of India is doing its job."
The SC said that the next hearing on the issue will be heard next Friday, March 11.
Meanwhile, the Centre informed the Supreme Court that the petitioner who moved the SC over roadblocks in evacuation from Ukraine to Romania has been evacuated. The person will be landing in India today evening along with about 70 others evacuated from the area.
The plea was filed by the family of 24-year-old Fathima Ahana that claimed students were stranded at the Moldova-Romania border without any aid from the Indian government.
Efforts by the Indian government to bring back students from Ukraine have been ongoing and in the last 24 hours, 15 flights have landed in the country, bringing back more than 3,000 Indians. 18 flights, including three C-17 Indian Air Force aircraft, have been scheduled in the last 24 hours.
There will be seven flights from Romania's capital Bucharest, five from Budapest in Hungary, three from Rzeszow in Poland, and one from Koice in Slovakia.
Under Operation Ganga, External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said around 6,400 people have been rescued, while over 7,400 more should return home to safety over the next two days.