Top Court declines to give urgent hearing on plea seeking extension of NRC July 31 deadline

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The Top Court on Tuesday declined to grant an urgent hearing on the plea filed by Centre and Assam Government seeking an extension of the July 31 deadline for the finalization the NRC (National Register for Citizens) Procedure.

The Top Court Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, asserted that it will examine the petition. Court said, ‘We will see, We will examine the petition first’.

READ: NRC: Supreme Court warns, make sure there are no loopholes

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted in the Top Court that NRC cannot be possible by July 31. 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 published on July 31st, 2019.

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