August 13, 2019

NRC process in Assam cannot be re-opened: SC

[ by Legal Era News Network ]


The Supreme Court of India on 13th August 2019 rejected the Government’s request to re-open National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam where illegal immigrants coming from Bangladesh is excessive. The Supreme Court directed that the NRC data should be published online on August 31.

A Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R.F.Nariman held that the NRC data should be kept on the same lines as that of Aadhaar information.

The Court also said that it would pass an order as to whether the inclusion of people under the NRC would be based on Section 3 of the Citizenship Act. It further held that orders under Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) were to be challenged before the Guwahati High Court. The hard copies of the list of inclusions were to be kept in district offices and the list of exclusions was to be published online.

The purpose of NRC update is to identify illegal migrants residing in North eastern state who entered Indian territories in March 1971 and to determine the citizenship of the applicants who have applied for inclusion of their names in the updated NRC.

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