New Delhi: While the hearing on the Assam NRC matter continued in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, a division bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that the filing of claims and objections will start from September 25. This would be open for a period of 60 days, i.e; till November 25, reported ANI. Earlier this month, the apex court had deferred the process until further orders. “We are granting a second opportunity to persons who have been left out of draft Assam NRC, keeping in mind the magnitude of the issue,” said the SC. (Also read: Those Not on NRC Will Have to be Deported, Says Ram Madhav)
Ever since the final draft of Assam’s NRC was released on July 30, there has been debate over it with over 40 lakh of the 3.29 crore people who applied not finding their names in it. Reports said as many as 37.59 lakh names were rejected while another 2.48 lakh names were put on hold. However, it was then clarified that those excluded could make claims for a place on the draft or object to their exclusion. The process was to begin on August 30 and continue till September 28. But the court deferred it till today. (Also read: Mamata Banerjee Alleges Discrimination in Assam NRC Draft)
NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela had submitted a report to the bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and RF Nariman that only 10 of the 15 documents originally permitted to prove citizenship be allowed to be filed with claims and objections by the people whose names have been left out of the final NRC draft. The SC had asked the Centre and other stakeholders to respond to this suggestion within two weeks. It also turned down the Centre’s request for a copy of NRC coordinator’s report to articulate its response. The bench said it was not necessary to give a copy to the Centre at this stage.
The top court had deferred its decision as it said it had doubts about the contradictions in the procedure for the receipt of claims and objections. It also said it would also like to conduct a sample re-verification of 10 per cent of NRC data, district-wise, by an independent team to satisfy itself that no error has crept into draft NRC. The apex court also sought a report from Hajela about why those claiming inclusion be allowed to give fresh documents that could change their earlier claimed family tree.