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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up Assam government for creating confusion in the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and not re-evaluating the claims of those who have been left out.

The bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi stated, “How can people have confidence in Assam government? You are creating confusion.”

The judicature while further taking note of the submissions of the state government, stated: “Altogether 40 lakh people were not included in Assam NRC means they were prime facie foreigners, but tribunals declared only 52,000 as foreign and of this, the government has deported only 162.”

The Supreme Court on February 12 slammed union ministry of home affairs for the delay in the completion of the NRC process in Assam, saying the ministry doesn’t want the “NRC process to go on” and “the entire effort of MHA seems to be to destroy NRC”.

The Centre on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that 938 people are detained in six detention centres in Assam and 823 of them have been declared as foreigners by tribunals. It was in the response to the apex court’s January 28 queries which had asked the Centre and the state to provide details of functional detention centres in Assam and the foreigners detained in them during the last 10 years.

The Centre said over 27,000 foreigners have been pushed back at border points while attempting to enter India illegally.

In the earlier hearing, the apex court had pulled up the Centre over the NRC process and said it was hell-bent on not allowing the work to continue. The top court rapped ministry of home affairs for its plea seeking to stall the NRC work for two weeks keeping in mind the role of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in the election duty.

Reiterating that the July 31 deadline for the completion of NRC exercise will not be extended, the bench said the Centre was not cooperating in the NRC process and it seemed the entire effort of the MHA was to destroy the NRC process.

The apex court also asked the Election Commission to consider exempting certain state officers from election duty to ensure that the NRC process continued.

On January 24, the top court had said that the exercise of making the final report of NRC in Assam had to be completed by July 31, 2019 deadline.

The Centre said over 27,000 foreigners have been pushed back at border points while attempting to enter India illegally.

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