Assam NRC quandary: SC says claims of left out persons to be included in subsequent list if found genuine

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said that claims of those citizens, whose names do not figure in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam to be published by 31 December, would be scrutinised and included in the subsequent list if found genuine.

The top court made it clear that publication of draft NRC was not the "end of the process" and claims and objections of aggrieved parties could be filed and would be verified in accordance with law.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

"We reiterate the aforesaid observation meaning thereby that the claims/cases of the left out applicants whose names are not included in the draft NRC to be published on or before 31 December, 2017 will be scrutinised and thereafter, if found eligible, would be included in the subsequent draft NRC," a bench comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and RF Nariman said.

The bench gave the liberty to Assam to give wide publicity or coverage to its direction so as to ally all fears and apprehensions that may exist.

The apex court had on 30 November said that on the expiry of midnight of 31 December, the draft NRC pertaining to 2.38 crore claims, would be published. The NRC is being prepared to identify illegal migrants in Assam.

The court had observed this while rejecting the Centre's plea seeking an extension of time for publication of the draft NRC.

The NRC of 1951 is being updated for Assam in accordance with the tripartite agreement between the state and central governments and the All Assam Students Union (AASU), which was arrived at in 2005 to implement the 1985 Assam Accord.

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Updated Date: Dec 15, 2017 21:50:13 IST

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