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Names in NRC supplementary list but no Aadhar Cards? SC gives 2 weeks time to clarify

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All India Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Sushmita Dev had moved the apex court
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SC issues notice to Assam NRC Coordinator for 'Unilaterally' Deleting Names From NRC List
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Guwahati: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to reply on the plea of issuance of Aadhaar cards to nearly 27 lakh persons who were added in the supplementary list of Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) published in August 2019.

The matter was heard by a bench comprising Chief Justice U U Lalit and Justice Bela M Trivedi.

While whose names were included in the first NRC list had received their Aadhar Cards, it was not the issued for those whose names had occurred in the second list.

Following the submission from senior advocate Biswajit Deb for the petitioners’ side, the Attorney General for India, R Venkataramani sought two weeks to look into the matter.

He informed the court that the prayer looked legitimate and as an interim measure if there is something, that can be looked into. I can come back in two weeks, he said. The matter is now listed for November 9 next.

All India Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Sushmita Dev had moved the apex court complained that though the people whose names were included in the final NRC list tried to apply for Aadhar Cards, the UIDAI rejected their applications.

During the last hearing, the SC had issued notice to the Union Government, the Registrar General of India, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and Assam government.

The petitioners’ side submitted that the only criteria laid down under the Aadhar Act was that the person should have been a resident of the Country for a period of 182 days or more in the preceding 12 months prior to filing an application.

Further, as the Aadhar Number was not a proof of citizenship, grant of Aadhar cards would have no impact on Citizenship Act or the NRC.

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