Home Min­istry to file af­fi­davit in SC on Mon­day

The New Indian Express - - INDIA -

UNION Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh Fri­day said the Cen­tre will file an af­fi­davit in the Supreme Court on Mon­day on its plans to de­port Ro­hingya Mus­lims to Myan­mar. “We will file the af­fi­davit in the Supreme Court on Septem­ber 18,” he told the me­dia on the side­lines of a func­tion at the CGO Com­plex here.

The Supreme Court had asked the Union gov­ern­ment to file an af­fi­davit on the is­sue fol­low­ing a plea against the de­por­ta­tion of il­le­gal Ro­hingya im­mi­grants to Myan­mar. Ra­j­nath’s as­ser­tion comes a day af­ter con­fu­sion pre­vailed in me­dia cir­cles on whether the gov­ern­ment had filed an af­fi­davit to the ef­fect fol­low­ing some tech­ni­cal glitches.

The af­fi­davit was sup­posed to be filed on the last date of hear­ing in the mat­ter but the gov­ern­ment sought time till Mon­day. How­ever, the copy of the af­fi­davit pre­pared by the for­eign­ers di­vi­sion of the Home Min­istry did the rounds in me­dia cir­cles. A spokesper­son had Thurs­day said the af­fi­davit was be­ing fi­nalised.

The apex court is hear­ing a pe­ti­tion filed by two Ro­hingya im­mi­grants — Mo­ham­mad Sal­imul­lah and Mo­ham­mad Shaqir — who are reg­is­tered as refugees un­der the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sion of Refugees. In the pe­ti­tion, the duo claimed to have taken refuge in India af­ter flee­ing from Myan­mar due to dis­crim­i­na­tion and vi­o­lence against the com­mu­nity there. The pe­ti­tion came af­ter the Home Min­istry had in July said il­le­gal im­mi­grants such as Ro­hingyas posed grave se­cu­rity chal­lenges since they might be re­cruited by ter­ror groups.

The min­istry had di­rected states to set up a task force at the district level to iden­tify and de­port il­le­gally-stay­ing for­eign na­tion­als, in­clud­ing Ro­hingyas.

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