'Be a ‘state’, not individual, in finalising NRC': SC to govts

NEW DELHI: The SC on Tuesday advised the Centre and Assam to suppose the function of an ‘Aristotelian state’ in finalising the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) for greater common just right and sought reaction of stakeholders to state coordinator Prateek Hajela’s insistence to bar use of five paperwork for submitting claims and objections for inclusion and exclusion of names within the final draft National Register of Citizens.

Filing of packages for claims and objections started on September 25 for a 60-day length for the over 40 lakh individuals whose names were excluded from the overall draft NRC. But the SC had saved in abeyance use of five paperwork — NRC 1951, citizenship certificates, electoral roll, refugee certificates and ration card, all issued earlier than March 24, 1971 — for submitting pleas for inclusion of names.

It had additionally installed a caveat that circle of relatives lineage or circle of relatives tree could not be modified under any circumstances. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman sought responses of the Centre, state and 8 stakeholders — All Assam Students Union, All Assam Minorities Students’ Union, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Assam Public Works (petitioner), Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha, National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Progressive), Indigenous Tribal Peoples Federation and Joint Action Committee for Bengali Refugees — on Hajela’s report.

Stating that there would hardly ever be someone within the Assam government with adequate knowledge of the intricacies and mechanics of NRC preparation, the bench asked Hajela to present a Powerpoint presentation on the reasons he cited for exclusion of five paperwork to attorney common K K Venugopal (for the Centre), solicitor common Tushar Mehta (for Assam) and senior recommend Kapil Sibal, on behalf of alternative stakeholders.

It sought responses of stakeholders by way of October 30 and posted the matter for hearing on November 1.
'Be a ‘state’, not individual, in finalising NRC': SC to govts 'Be a ‘state’, not individual, in finalising NRC': SC to govts Reviewed by Kailash on October 24, 2018 Rating: 5
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