‘MHA destroying NRC Assam process’; Supreme Court comes down heavily on Centre’s plea

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) asserting that it doesn’t want the NRC to carry on and every time it comes up with different stories to destroy this process, reported ANI. Supreme Court observations come in response after Central Government sought the suspension of the view of approaching General elections 2019.

Supreme Court Bench comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi warned saying, “If you wanted the Assam NRC process to go on, the government has 1001 ways to do it… We are very
disappointed. The entire effort of MHA seems to be to destroy NRC. We can even call the Union Home Secretary here.”

The CJI Ranjan Gogoi if it was too much to ask for General elections and NCR to go parallel and peacefully.

The Supreme Court further refused to pass an order on the Centre’s plea to suspend NRC work for two weeks during General Elections and also clarified that it will not extend the date for publishing the final NRC list beyond July 31. The matter has been listed for the first week of March.

The Centre wanted the withdrawal of 167 companies from the Assam, NRC work to tend to the law and order situation in the country in the view of upcoming Lok Sabha 2019. CJI Gogoi said the Centre has around 3,000 combined armed police companies, adding that only 2,700 companies are needed during the Lok Sabha elections.

“Assam NRC work requires 167 companies. So what is the problem?” the Apex Court asked.

Attorney General KK Venugopal appearing for the Centre submitted before the Court, “We need to protect the borders also, security of the Country in Involved”.

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 weed out 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.

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