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SC seeks report on ramification of Assam NRC draft

ANI | Updated: Aug 29, 2018 01:13 IST

New Delhi [India], Aug 28 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought a detailed report from the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator, Prateek Hajela, regarding why those who want to be included in the NRC draft list were asked to give fresh additional documents.
The apex court division bench, headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi and also comprising Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, was hearing from Hajela and the Centre on the issue of inclusion and omissions of names in the NRC draft list.
The process of filing claims and objections was deferred to September first week, and the top court will decide a date for the filing process on the same day. The Centre wished to reconsider those names which have not made it to the NRC final draft.
The Supreme Court also asked for a recommendation report from Hajela regarding the feasibility of this proposal, effectively looking to see if those who are aggrieved may re-apply and file new documents regarding their legacy and linkage.
The Centre is exploring to give second chance to 40 lakh aggrieved persons whose names have not been included in the list and asked the NRC coordinator if that is feasible.
The top court had earlier directed the Assam NRC coordinator to provide it with the data of district-wise percentage of the population excluded from the NRC draft in the state.
The apex court had sought the response of all the stakeholders, including All Assam Students Union and All Assam Minority Students Union on the Centre's Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in this regard.
It had further directed Hajela to make available the copies of draft NRC to the general public of the state and said that claims and objections in connection with the Assam NRC issue will be accepted from August 30.
The Supreme Court on August 7 held Hajela and Registrar General of India guilty of contempt of court, reprimanding them for making statements to media on the NRC Assam modalities when nothing had been informed to the court.
The second draft, which was released on July 30, included names of 2.89 crore people, out of 3.29 crore applicants in Assam, leaving out names of nearly 40 lakh people.
On July 31, the court, while the hearing case, observed that the process of filing objections by those whose names were not listed in the NRC draft should be fair, and directed the Centre to prepare a standard operating procedure (SOP) for claims and objections.
The NRC draft for Assam features the names, addresses, and photographs of all Indian citizens residing in the state of Assam before March 25, 1971. (ANI)