By Prasenjit Deb
Guwahati, December 5: At a time when Supreme Court has directed for re-verification of the content on the verdict on the Gaon Panchayat Certificates case for 48 lakh women in the region, the judgment has created another debate among the people.
In the judgment, Supreme Court has quashed the High Court decision followed by numbers of petitions challenging the Guwahati High Court’s order where the HC had questioned on the authenticity of the Panchayat certificates for the updation of the National Register of Citizens.
It may be mentioned that the leading petition in the matter was filed by 40-year-old Monowara Bewa, a resident of Dhubri district of Assam who was marked as D-voter by the local election body, following which another petition was filed by one Rupjan Begum in the same matter.
As reported earlier, Gaon Panchayat Documents was termed as a private document by the Gauhati High Court and the matter was later challenged by AAMSU, Jamiat-Ulema-E-Hind, Assam Women Social Justice Forum and others before the apex court.
The matter was taken up under the leadership of AIUDF, Supremo Maulana Badruddin Ajmal under Assam State Jamiat-Ulema-E-Hind including Maulana Arshad Madani, who has appealed the matter to the Supreme Court, during the declaration.
The Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Nariman in Supreme Court has set aside the Gauhati High Court decision and directed to use the Panchayat Certificate as link certificate with proper verifications of the certificates.
AIUDF general secretary Aminul Islam during a press meet has also mentioned that the matter of O.I was a creating massive chaos among the public.
“Finally Supreme Court has also rejected the division of citizens done by Assam government, where the later divided the citizens among “Original” and “Non-original” categories creating a controversy across the state,” added Aminul Islam.
Speaking to TIME8 earlier, Azizur Rahman, President, AAMSU, said that they are happy with the verdict of the Supreme Court.
“We are hopeful that the NRC Coordinator will follow the directions given by the Supreme court and will take the Panchayat Certificates as proper linked documents followed by proper verifications of the content,” added Rahman.