London, Feb 28 (ANI): The London High Court has blocked the deportation of a group of failed Tamil asylum seekers scheduled to be sent back to Sri Lanka.
The ruling means they will be able to remain in the UK pending investigations into their contention that they will be tortured if they are made to return.
According to the BBC, it is believed to be the first time that a UK courts has blocked the deportation of a group of Tamils to Sri Lanka, although many individuals over the last 18 months have won last-minute court injunctions preventing their return.
In a statement, the Border Agency said the ruling did 'not represent a blanket ban on returns to Sri Lanka'.
However lawyers for Tamils under threat of deportation insist that it has wider implications, because it applies to all other failed Tamil asylum seekers, including those in detention, meaning none can be removed at present.
Meanwhile, the UK Border Agency said it was "disappointed" by the ruling, and that it would appeal. (ANI)