Guwahati, March 13, 2019
The Supreme Court on March 13th, 2019 pulled up the Assam government over inadequacies in the functioning of the foreigners’ tribunal and sought details on it by March 27th, 2019.
A bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi along with Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna was informed by the Assam government that in past 10 years over 50,000 migrants were declared as foreigners by the tribunal.
“We would like to know what the Centre and Assam are doing to tackle the problem,” the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, asked.
“How seriously Assam is considering this matter is quite evident from the absence of any officer to brief you in the matter. You must have gone through the order passed by this court in 2005 where this court has said Assam is facing the threat of external aggression… We would like to know what Government of India and Assam has done about it to meet this threat of external aggression,” the Bench further stated, as reported by The Hindustan Times.
The court had also asked the state to file an affidavit on the total number of detention centres in the state and how many inmates they had.