Deadline for finalisation of Assam NRC will not be extended: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on May 8, 2019 ruled that the court will not extend the deadline for finalisation of the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC). Hence, the final Assam NRC should be readied by July 31, 2019.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice RF Nariman gave liberty to Prateek Hajela, Assam NRC coordinator, to deal with claims of people against wrong inclusion or exclusion of citizens in the NRC. Hajela has also been granted free hand to ask for urgent hearing during the summer vacations, if required.
The ruling came after Hajela informed the apex court bench that claimants, who have objected to inclusion or exclusion of certain individuals, have failed to appear before panels dealing with such cases.
The final draft of NRC was released on July 30, 2018. The list incorporates names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants. The names of over 40 lakh people have been left out.
The Supreme Court on December 12, 2018 extended the deadline for the submission of claims and objections by individuals excluded from the first draft of the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) to December 31, 2018. Earlier, the last date for submission was December 15.
Consequently, the process of commencement of verification was shifted to February 15, 2019 from February 1.
Copies of draft NRC to be made available for inspection
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Nariman directed that the copies of the draft NRC shall be made available for inspection to District Magistrate, Deputy Commissioner, Sub-Divisional Offices (Civil), Circle Offices and Gram Panchayats to facilitate filing of objections against wrongful inclusions.
The NRC Authority was ordered to accept List B documents that are found to be legally valid, regardless of the date of issuance of the same.
November 2018 ruling
The Supreme Court on November 1, 2018 fixed December 15 as the deadline for filing of claims and objections by individuals excluded from the NRC Draft.
The bench allowed claimants for Assam NRC to rely on five documents, which were earlier objected to by NRC coordinator, to prove their citizenship. All these documents will be subjected to a thorough process of verification and would be accepted only after complete satisfaction of the genuineness.
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list containing names of Indian citizens of Assam.
Assam, which saw migratiion of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, first prepared in 1951.
The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published on December 31, 2017 and it incorporated the names of 1.9 crore people out of the total 3.29 crore applicants.
The top court had earlier said that the claims of those citizens, whose names do not figure in the draft NRC for Assam published on December 31, 2017 would be examined and would be mentioned in the subsequent list, if found genuine.
The Assam government on July 30, 2018 released the second and final draft of the state’s National Register of Citizens (NRC).
As per the Draft, the total number of persons included in the list is 2,89,83,677 leaving a total of 40,70,707 as ineligible for inclusion. Of these 40,70,707 names, 37,59,630 names were rejected and remaining 2,48,077 names were kept on hold.