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SC seeks response from Centre, Assam on harassment of minorities in name of foreigner detection

The Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre and Assam government pertaining to a petition seeking stopping harassment of minorities both religious and linguistic in the name of detection and deportation of foreigners in Assam.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant however directed to list the matter after the Constitution bench disposed of the case which relates to the Citizenship Act, which provides for National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The bench said, “In view of the reference made, list after the disposal of reference. Writ Petition be listed after disposal of the reference”.

Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde said that the petition has also sought for prohibiting the authority to delete or exclude from NRC list published on August 31, 2019.

He pleaded for finalising the NRC published on August 31, 2019.

In May last year NRC Coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking comprehensive and time bound re-verification of the draft NRC as well as the supplementary list. He also prayed for appropriate directions that the re-verification be done under the supervision of a monitoring committee in the respective districts and such committee may be preferably represented by the respective District Judge, District Magistrate & Superintendent of Police.

Rejection slip is yet to be issued and those excluded are yet to move to the Foreigners tribunal (FT). The supplementary NRC list, published on August 31, 2019, had found more than 31.1 million people eligible to be included in the registry while leaving out over 1.9 million people.

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