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Top Court extends Assam NRC deadline to August 31; junks plea for 20% sample re-verification

The Top Court on Tuesday extended National Register of Citizens (NRC) Deadline till August 31. However, it dismissed the petition filed by the Centre and Assam seeking re-verification of 20% of draft NRC data to eliminate large scale inclusion of illegal migrants.

The Top Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, comprising Justice RF Nariman, passed the order which perused the reports filed by the Assam NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela.

Earlier this month both the Centre and Assam Government had sought an extension of the July 31 deadline for the final publication of the NRC. Requesting the Top Court to extend the deadline, Senior Lawyer Tushar Mehta on July 19 said, ‘there is a growing perception that lakhs of illegal migrants have been included in the NRC list in alleged collusion with local NRC officials in the state of Assam. Illegal immigrants have to be dealt with severely. India cannot be the refugee capital of the world.”

READ: ‘India can’t be the refugee capital of World’: Centre tells Top Court; seeks an extension of NRC Deadline

Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta represented the Centre and the Assam government respectively before the Top Court.

Earlier, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had criticized the Centre and the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plea requesting a suspension of the NRC work during the general elections.

NRC is a register containing names of Indian citizens, which was prepared for the first time in 1951 and is being updated only for Assam to remove the illegal immigrants.

The first draft of NRC was published during the intervening nights of December 31, 2017, and January 1, 2018, containing 1.9 crore names. The final draft of the NRC for Assam which was published on July 30, excluded 40 lakh names and included 2.9 crore people out of the total applications of 3.29 crore.

As per the directions, The NRC is being updated under the monitor of the Supreme Court and the final list will be now published on August 31st, 2019.

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