Supreme Court to hear Assam NRC matter today: Process of filing claims and objections should be fair, court had said

Amid political slugfest over Assam's National Register for Citizens (NRC) draft, the Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the matter. The second final draft, which was released on 30 July, included names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants in Assam. It left out names of nearly 40 lakh people.

Asian News International August 07, 2018 09:19:58 IST
Supreme Court to hear Assam NRC matter today: Process of filing claims and objections should be fair, court had said

New Delhi: Amid political slugfest over Assam's National Register for Citizens (NRC) draft, the Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear the matter. The second final draft, which was released on 30 July, included names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants in Assam. It left out names of nearly 40 lakh people.

Supreme Court to hear Assam NRC matter today Process of filing claims and objections should be fair court had said

File image of citizens queuing up outside NSKs in Guwahati. Reuters

Earlier on 31 July, while hearing the case, the apex court observed that the process of filing objections by those whose names are not listed in the NRC draft should be fair. A division bench of the top court, headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, also directed the Centre to prepare standard operating procedure (SOP) for claims and objections.

It directed the Assam NRC co-ordinator, Prateek Hajela, and the central government to submit before the court the process or modalities they will follow to file objections. The first draft of the NRC for Assam was released on the intervening night of 31 December, 2017, and 1 January, which included names of 1.9 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants.

The NRC draft for Assam features the names, addresses, and photographs of all Indian citizens, who have been residing in the northeastern state before 25 March, 1971. The list has been updated for the first time since 1951, to account for illegal migration from nearby Bangladesh.

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