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Assam NRC: SC reopens filing of claims and objections

Those excluded from list can submit papers from September 25; window to remain open for 60 days

Guwahati: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the resumption of the claims and objections process for the people whose names did not feature in the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. A two-judge bench comprising Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice RF Nariman directed the resumption to start from September 25 and the window to remain open for the next 60 days.

Upholding the NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela’s submission in the last hearing, the SC ruled that a claimant can submit any of one of the 10 documents of the 15 documents to claim her/his citizenship.

The SC has, however, kept the decision open regarding the remaining five documents.

The apex court, declaring the order, said that granting a chance to those whose name did not feature in the final draft was a matter of concession but, it said, that they cannot open everything in the second round.

The next hearing on the matter will be held on October 23.

In the earlier hearing, NRC state coordinator Hajela had submitted to the apex court that 10 documents of the 15 listed documents in ‘List A’ shall be allowed to probe the legacy of a claimant.

The list of 10 documents includes registered sale deed, LIC insurance policy, permanent residential certificate issued from outside the state and passport issued before March 24, 1971. The list also includes any licence issued by any government authority of the relevant period, documents of service or employment under public sector undertaking or government, bank or post office accounts of the relevant period, birth certificate issued by authorities concerned, educational certificate and records or processes related to courts for the relevant period.

Of 3.29 applications for inclusion in the NRC, 40,70,0707 people were left out of the final draft released on July 30.