The union ministry of external affairs has written to the 15 foreign diplomatic missions in New Delhi requesting them to provide the details of Indian nationals lodged in their jails for various offences.
These diplomatic missions belong to United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Spain, Canada, Greece, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, New Zealand, Netherlands, USA, Australia, Great Britain and Italy.
The information was submitted to the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday during the hearing of a public interest litigation seeking directions that the Indian embassies abroad should protect the rights of Indian nationals lodged in foreign jails.
It has also been prayed that every effort should be made to identify the Indians behind the bars abroad and to ensure that their travel documents should be provided at the earliest after the completion of their jail term so that they can be brought back to India. The bench headed by chief justice Ranjan Gogoi reserved its judgment in the case on Friday.