SC al­most passes ‘don’t de­port Ro­hingya’ in­terim or­der, re­lents

Court ‘pained’ by ‘re­li­gious colour’ to cracker ban

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

New Delhi: The Supreme Court gave the jit­ters to the Cen­tre on Fri­day by seek­ing to pro­hibit the de­por­ta­tion of Ro­hingya, be­fore com­ing around to say that it would seek to strike the right bal­ance be­tween hu­man­i­tar­ian con­sid­er­a­tion for the asy­lum-seek­ers from Myan­mar and the gov­ern­ment’s con­cern that they posed a threat to na­tional in­ter­est, in­clud­ing se­cu­rity, econ­omy and the work­ing class.

Be­fore ad­journ­ing the hear­ing in the con­tentious mat­ter to Novem­ber 21 for a wider de­bate, the bench sur­prised both the pe­ti­tion­ers and the Cen­tre by say­ing it in­tended to pass an in­terim or­der, “Don’t de­port. Take ac­tion (against crim­i­nal ele­ments) where re­qui- red.” The pe­ti­tion­ers, who had not sought such an in­terim or­der, were over­joyed. But ad­di­tional solic­i­tor gen­eral Tushar Me­hta protested, telling the bench that such an or­der was un­war­ranted as even the pe­ti­tion­ers had not men­tioned any con­tin­gency.

The ban on the sale of fire­crack­ers in NCR will con­tinue till Oc­to­ber 31 as the Supreme Court re­fused on Fri­day to mod­ify its or­der to al­low traders to sell them dur­ing Di­wali. The bench also ex­pressed an­guish over at- tempts by some peo­ple to give a com­mu­nal colour to its or­der and said, “We are pained to hear such state­ments.” The bench said peo­ple who had pur­chased fire­crack­ers be­fore the ban or­der was passed could use them on Di­wali.

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