SC restrained from issuing NBW against Assam Chief Secretary

The Supreme Court, today, pulled up the Assam government after its chief secretary failed to be present in court to answer queries on foreigners issue during a hearing on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state. The court was about to issue a non-bailable warrant against the chief secretary but refrained from taking the coercive step after the solicitor general urged against it.

During the hearing, the Assam government admitted around 70,000 migrants who were declared foreigners have merged with the local crowd in the state. The state failed to satisfy the Supreme Court over what steps it has taken to detect such migrants living as locals now.

“Your affidavits are an exercise in futility. You are simply dragging the matter. No amount of disappearance or lack of cooperation will solve this problem,” the court told the solicitor general. The apex court adjourned the matter to next Monday and said the Assam chief secretary should be present on the next date.

Over 4 million of the 32.9 million in Assam were left out of the NRC draft, released on July 30 last year. The Centre and the Assam government insisted that register is still a draft and that there is adequate recourse available to those not included.

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