The Supreme Court of India (File photo)
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Bangladesh immigrants case: SC dismisses plea seeking recusal of CJI

ANI | Updated: May 02, 2019 19:24 IST

New Delhi [India], May 2 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking recusal of Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, from hearing the matter on the release of Bangladeshi immigrants lodged in the detention centres in Assam.
The plea in this regard was filed by a social activist Harsh Mander. He had sought directions to the Assam government to render humane treatment to the immigrants lodged in the detention centres in the state.
A three-judge bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi while dismissing Mander's plea also struck down his name as the petitioner form the case.
"You are a public-spirited individual and have worked for years. Now you cite social media reports to throw at the Chief Justice of India to say he is biased?" CJI asked the petitioner during the course of the hearing.
Senior advocate, Prashant Bhushan, who was earlier Mander's lawyer in the case, was also appointed as amicus curiae to assist the court in the matter.
SC had on April 9 said that the foreigners cannot be detained for an "indefinite period" in the detention centres and directed the Assam government to inform the court about the methods authorities to consider releasing them.
"These 900 odd people, how long will be the imprisonment? What we are suggesting release them on sureties... Please tell us, out of these 900 how many are you releasing?" the Bench had told Assam Chief Secretary who was present in the court pursuant to the court's earlier direction.
Mander's plea had underlined that the immigrants must be treated as refugees.
On February 19, Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner told the bench that detention of foreigners has gone up to 8-9 years and many persons have completed their detention but still lodged in the detention centre.
On April 1, the apex court had expressed displeasure over the absence of Assam Chief Secretary during the hearing.
It had also asked the state government if "a Non-Bailable Warrant" (NBW) should be issued against him.
The court had also observed that the state is dragging its feet in pursuing identification of migrants.
During an earlier hearing, the top court had pulled up at the Centre and Assam government over the deportation of illegal migrants from the state.
"It has become a joke and you haven't done anything," the bench had said.
It had also slammed the state government for its laxity in acting against the illegal immigrants. (ANI)