Deadline to finalise Assam NRC not to be extended beyond 31 July, says Supreme Court; matter to be heard next on 5 Feb

The Supreme Court on Thursday made it clear that the exercise of making the final report of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam has to be completed by the 31 July, 2019 deadline.

Press Trust of India January 24, 2019 16:54:56 IST
Deadline to finalise Assam NRC not to be extended beyond 31 July, says Supreme Court; matter to be heard next on 5 Feb
  • The top court also said that the upcoming general election and exercise of NRC should not be affected

  • A bench comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice RF Nariman said SG Tushar Mehta will ensure that the meeting is held within seven days

  • The outcome of the meeting will be informed to the apex court on 5 February

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday made it clear that the exercise of making the final report of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam has to be completed by the 31 July, 2019 deadline. The top court also said that the upcoming general election and exercise of NRC should not be affected, and asked the competent authorities to sit together to plan them.

Deadline to finalise Assam NRC not to be extended beyond 31 July says Supreme Court matter to be heard next on 5 Feb

File image of the Supreme Court. AP

The apex court asked the chief secretary of Assam government, secretary of Election Commission and the NRC coordinator in the state to hold a meeting to decide how the officials have to be accommodated for the two exercises.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice RF Nariman said Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the Assam, will ensure that the meeting is held within seven days. The outcome of the meeting will be informed to the apex court on 5 February, when the matter will be taken again to the bench.

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