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Top Court declines to extend NRC Deadline in Assam; says ‘process must be completed by July 31’

New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to extend the deadline for the finalisation of National Register for Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

The court declared that the process must be completed on or before July 31. It said that the process could not be delayed even by a day.

The apex court allowed the coordinator to proceed as per the law if objectors do not appear.

Earlier, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had criticised 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 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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