Rohingya Muslim petitioners urge SC to direct Centre not to deport them

ANI | Updated: Sep 04, 2017 17:34 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept 4 (ANI): Two Rohingya Muslim refugees on Monday urged the Supreme Court to direct the Central government not to deport them to Myanmar.

The two Rohingya Muslim refugees, Mohammad Sallimullah and Mohammad Shakir who had knocked the doors of the apex court in the regard, today told the court that they would face certain death on being deported to Myanmar.

The two petitioners are residing at Madanpur Khadar.

In the last hearing representing Sallimullah and Shakir advocate Prashant Bhushan asserted that such a move would be unconstitutional as the apex court had repeatedly ruled, as in the case of Chakma refugees, that it was the cardinal duty of the Union government to protect refugees who leave their own country because of persecution at the hands of state authorities.

Bhushan had apprised the court that approximately 40,000 Rohingya Muslims residing in India were registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). (ANI)