New Delhi: NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela on Tuesday submitted a report to the Supreme Court (SC) objecting the inclusion of five of the 15 documents, which were left out by the apex court for those whose name did not figure in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), for filing claims and objections. Hajela said inclusion of those five documents will now create problems in the state.
The five documents are names in NRC, 1951; names in electoral roll up to March 24, 1971; citizenship certificate and refugee registration certificate; certified copies of pre-1971 electoral roll, particularly, those issued from the state of Tripura; and ration card.
In the last hearing on September 19, the SC had allowed the filing of claims and objections based on ten documents, leaving out the remaining five, out of the 15 documents. The SC Bench had asked Hajela to give his views on the permissibility of placing reliance on five documents.
The apex court has now sought the stakeholders, including the governments, both at the Centre and the state to respond to Hajela’s report.
During the hearing on the Assam NRC, which triggered a controversy after 40 lakh persons were left out of its draft, a Supreme Court Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Nariman on Tuesday asked the Assam government and Centre to “behave like a state and not an individual”.
Hajela has also been directed to make a Powerpoint presentation before the officials of the state in the presence of Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to clarify Hajela’s disagreement on the inclusion of the documents. The Bench further directed all the stakeholders to submit their response on Hajela’s suggestions before October 30.
The bench has set the next date of hearing on November 1 on the issue.