Assam NRC: Supreme Court Issues Notices to Centre, Assam Govt On ‘Deletion’ Of Voter Names

Guwahati, February 2, 2019

The Supreme Court on February 1st, 2019 issued notices to the Centre, the Election Commission and the Assam government on a petition questioning the “deletion” of names — those excluded from the draft National Register for Citizens (NRC) — from the Assam’s voters’ list.

The Assam government released the second and final draft of NRC on July 30th , 2018. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Of these, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 are on hold. The first draft was released on December 31st  (midnight), 2017.

Information On Detention Centres

The Supreme Court on January 28th, 2019 directed the Centre to provide it with details of functional detention centres in Assam and the number of foreigners detained there during the last 10 years.

A petition was filed by activist Harsh Mander on the condition of detention centres in Assam and the prolonged detention of foreigners there. A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna while hearing the petition asked the Centre to provide details about the detention centres, the period of detention of detainees, the status of their cases before the Foreigners Tribunal, how many persons are being declared foreigners so far and how many of them have been deported till date.

The bench also sought the year-wise details of foreigners who have illegally entered into the country during the last 10 years. The bench has now posted the matter for further hearing on February 19.