SC almost passes ‘don’t deport Rohingya’ interim order, relents
Court ‘pained’ by ‘religious colour’ to cracker ban
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.