New Delhi, Oct 13: The Supreme Court on Friday granted more time to all the parties to argue on the deportation of Rohingya refugees. The apex court posted the matter for further hearing on November 21. The court told the government that no Rohingya refugee should be deported until the next date of hearing in the case. The observation from the Supreme Court bench assumes significance as the Central government has been saying that Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and must be sent back.
During the hearing, the Supreme Court observed that national importance cannot be secondary and at the same time human rights of Rohingyas should be kept in mind. “We have to strike a balance. It is not an ordinary case. The issue involves human rights of many,” the top court said in its observation. The Central government is describing Rohingyas as illegal immigrants and refusing to treat them as refugees. “If you (Centre) take any kind of contingency plan, you need to inform this court,” the court told Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the government.
“If you (Centre) take any kind of contingency plan, you need to inform this court,” the court told Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the government. The ASG said that the Rohingya issue involves international ramifications.
In last hearing on October 3, the Supreme Court said that it will examine all the issues involved in the moves to deport Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar and urged the rival parties to address the issue on the strength of law shunning emotional arguments.
A Rohingya petitioner had on September 23 told the top court that they were not illegal immigrants but refugees who fled Myanmar and came to India for shelter in wake of their persecution on the grounds of their religion and community identity and were entitled to all protection under the international conventions on refugees and treaties.
Many of Rohingya refugees, who had fled to India after the earlier spate of violence, are settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.