New Delhi: In a relief to the people whose names were not included in the recently-published draft National Register of Citizen (NRC) in Assam, the Supreme Court on Thursday extended till December 15 the deadline for filing claims and objections. Also Read - Viral Image of Detention Centre Fake, Tweets MHA

The top court also allowed the claimants to rely on five additional documents that were earlier objected NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela. It must be noted that only 10 documents were permitted earlier. Also Read - Supreme Court Orders Immediate Transfer of NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela to Madhya Pradesh

The five documents permitted by the apex court include NRC of 1951, voter list of 1966, voter list of 1971, refugee registration certificate till 1971 and ration card issued till 1971. It must be noted that only 10 documents were allowed earlier, for inclusion and exclusion in the NRC draft. Also Read - No Hindu Will Have to Leave Country, Says RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat

The top court also rejected Hajela’s claim of forgery and photoshop that the former had raised earlier.

The top court also fixed timeline for issuance of notice as January 15 to claimants and verification of documents as February 1.

Earlier a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman set a date for filing claims and objections beginning September 25 for 60 days.

It had also directed Hajela to file a report in a sealed cover on the feasibility of using the five excluded documents, in verifying claims and objections with regard to finalisation of the NRC.

The final draft NRC list was published on July 30 in which names of 2.89 crore of the 3.29 crore people were included. The names of 40,70,707 people did not figure in the list. Of these, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 are on hold.

The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 in accordance with the top court’s direction. Names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated then.

Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC which was first prepared in 1951.