Set procedure to vet NRC claims, says SC

When asked ‘what ahead’, Mr. Hajela said time has been given till August 7 for people to ascertain their names in the NRC. From August 8, those excluded can approach the Local Registrar or the NRC Sewa Kendras to find out the reasons for their non-inclusion. Their claims and objections would be heard from August 30 to September 28.

Mr. Venugopal submitted that the government is “extremely concerned” about the next few days. He submitted that no coercive action would be taken against persons who have not figured in the draft NRC. The government attempted to even seek some assurance from the court.

“Well, we do not give assurances to anyone, we only pass orders. But we want fair opportunity for all,” Justice Gogoi observed.

The Bench said, at the moment, it would prefer to refrain from commenting on the draft NRC and wait for the government to submit its SOP for vetting.

“Our silence now is neither consent nor objection nor assurance,” Justice Gogoi observed.

Case posted for Aug. 16

The court posted the case for August 16 for further orders on timelines leading to the publication of the final NRC. The much-anticipated second and final draft of the NRC shows 2.9 crore names out of the total 3.29 crore who applied in Assam.

The names of 40.07 lakh applicants were not included in the historic document, considered proof of Assamese identity. The first draft NRC was published in the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 and showed the names of 1.9 crore people.

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