SC seeks explanation from Assam govt over allegations of communal statements by state NRC coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma

  • SC sought an explanation from Assam government over the allegation that state coordinator for NRC was making communal statements

  • 'He should not be saying all this', a bench headed by CJI SA Bobde observed after senior advocate Kapil Sibal drew attention to alleged statement

  • Bench was hearing the petition which also sought removal of the state coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday sought an explanation from the Assam government over the allegation that the state coordinator for National Register of Citizens (NRC) was making communal statements.

 SC seeks explanation from Assam govt over allegations of communal statements by state NRC coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma

File image of the Supreme Court of India. Reuters

"He should not be saying all this. You (Assam government) have to explain this. Whatever you want. He should not be saying all this," a bench headed by chief justice SA Bobde observed after senior advocate Kapil Sibal drew the attention to the alleged statement made by the state NRC coordinator.

The bench was hearing the petition which also sought removal of the state coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma. Several other petitions have been filed relating to the NRC in Assam and the bench issued notices to the Centre and Assam government and sought response within four weeks.

A petition was also heard in which it was stated that around 60 children have been excluded from the NRC but their parents have been granted citizenship through NRC. Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and the Assam government, said such children will not be separated from their parents.

In the order, the bench also comprising justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant said children whose parents have been granted citizenship through NRC will not be sent to the detention centre. The response on the petition has to be filed in four weeks.

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

Updated Date: Jan 06, 2020 17:42:14 IST