During the last hearing on September 19, the Supreme Court had allowed the filing of claims and objections based on ten documents Credit: Representational image

Guwahati: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to extend the July 31 deadline for publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) being updated in Assam. The top court. The top court also said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and the exercise of NRC should not be affected, and asked the authorities concerned to sit together to plan them.

Setting aside a plea to extend the deadline to September this year, the SC also ordered Assam chief secretary, state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela, and the EC to hold a meeting within a week to ensure there is no dearth of officials for polls and NRC exercise.

The decision on the conduct of NRC verification hearings will also be taken in the meeting. In its order, SC clarified that the process for Lok Sabha elections 2019 may continue simultaneously.

During the hearing, the Supreme Court was informed that around 40 lakh people were left out of the draft NRC. Of this, over 36 lakh have filed claims for inclusion of their names in the final list. “There are 36.2 lakh claims for inclusion of their names in final NRC, over two lakh objections against names included in draft till December 31. Notices to be issued to claimants 15 days before hearing of claims, that will start on February 15,” Hajela informed the top court.

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