At least two stakeholders within the Assam National Register of Citizens case have determined to method the Supreme Court with contemporary petitions, difficult the state NRC coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma’s order to “delete” the names of “ineligible” individuals from the ultimate record.
“We have decided to file a fresh petition by the end of this month to challenge this order, which in a way tries to reopen the NRC when the final list has already been released last year. In our view, he cannot issue such an order since his appointment as the state NRC coordinator has also been challenged in the Supreme Court and the matter is sub judice,” stated Rezaul Karim Sarkar, President of All Assam Minority Student Union (AAMSU).
Another petitioner, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, has additionally determined to method the Supreme Court towards the coordinator’s transfer, sources stated.
Mr Sarma, earlier this month, wrote letters to deputy commissioners (DC) and district registrars of citizen registration (DRCR) in every of Assam’s 33 districts.
“As per reports received from your end, some names of ineligible persons belonging to the categories of DF (declared foreigners) / DV (doubtful voters) / PFT (pending in foreigners’ tribunals), along with their descendants, have found entry in the NRC,” he had written.
The last record, printed in August final 12 months, had excluded 19.22 lakh folks out of the practically 3.Three crore candidates.
The NRC guidelines did permit authorities to confirm and delete wrongful inclusions (and exclusions) any time earlier than the publication of the ultimate record. However, the ultimate record was printed on August 31, 2019, and an internet record was printed two weeks later.
In February, nevertheless, the NRC authorities initiated what they known as a “part of the post-final NRC publication process, to check if any ineligible category people” had been included.
The Assam authorities is planning to file a contemporary affidavit within the Supreme Court, in search of 20% pattern re-verification of names included within the NRC.
Union Home minister Amit Shah had mentioned the NRC challenge with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal final month.