New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre, Census Commissioner and Election Commission of India on a plea seeking implementation of the national register for citizens (NRC) in Tripura. Millions of Bangladeshi immigrants are suspected to be living illegally in Assam and other north-eastern states, and the NRC is an exercise to identify them as well. The final draft of the NRC, released on July 30, created a furore, as it left out some 40 lakh people. Also Read - Tandav Row: Supreme Court Rejects Interim Protection, Makers Say 'So-Called Religious Content Removed'
A bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph considered the petition filed by Tripura People’s Front seeking registration of citizens of Tripura in the NRC to identify illegal immigrants. Also Read - Supreme Court Stays HC Order on Groping Minor Without 'Skin to Skin Contact'
Earlier on Friday, the Centre made it clear that it has no plans to implement the National Register of Citizens in Tripura. In a statement, the Home Ministry said a delegation of the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), led by its President Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl, met Home Minister Rajnath Singh but no assurance had been given to the team regarding implementation of NRC in the state. Also Read - Supreme Court Rejects Plea Seeking 'Free And Fair' Elections in West Bengal
“The Home Minister met a delegation of INPT led by its President Bijoy Kumar Hrangkhawl on October 4. However, no assurance of any kind was given by the Home Minister regarding the implementation of NRC in Tripura. It is categorically asserted that no decision has been taken on the issue of NRC in Tripura,” the statement read.
The ministry also said news reports, appearing after the meeting, about likely implementation of NRC in Tripura “are absolutely incorrect and mischievous”.
Tripura CM Biplab Deb recently said that if Assam successfully implements National Register of Citizens (NRC), Tripura will also follow the suit. “If the Centre passes a law or act to implement NRC, I will go for it,” Deb had said while speaking at a media event.
“Everybody is waiting and watching what is happening in Assam, including the central government, the Supreme Court and people of India, let it happen. After finalisation of the whole process and if it is implemented successfully in Assam, we will bring NRC in Tripura and all states will also go for it,” Deb stated.
(With inputs from agencies)