SC defers hearing on Rohingya deportation case to November 21

ANI | Updated: Oct 13, 2017 18:37 IST

New Delhi [India], October 13 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday granted more time to all parties, in connection with the Rohingya deportation case, to argue and posted the matter for further hearing till November 21.

The apex court, while hearing the submissions and arguments observed that national importance could not be secondary and at the same time, the human rights issue of these immigrants should be kept in mind.

The top court observed that no deportation of any Rohingya refugees should take place, till the next date of hearing - November 21.

"We have to strike a balance," the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said.

The CJI also observed that it was an issue of great magnitude and therefore, the state had a bigger role. Also, this was not an ordinary case, as the issue involved human rights as well.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tusshar Mehta, arguing for the Central government, told the three-judge bench of the apex court that this was an issue involving international ramifications.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra heard the petitions. The bench also comprised of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud.

The plea, filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, claimed they had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.

Many of those, who had fled to India after the earlier spate of violence, are settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan. (ANI)