The Supreme Court of India

Guwahati: The Supreme Court hearing separate petitions on Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) on Monday directed the state government to ensure that no children of parents whose names have appeared in the final list should be sent to detention camps.

As per reports, Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared before the apex court on behalf of Central and state governments on Monday, submitted a report which stated that 60 children have been excluded from the NRC but their parents have been granted citizenship through NRC.

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Meanwhile, a two-member bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Justice B R Gavai and Justice Surya Kant hearing a petition directed that children whose parents have been granted citizenship through NRC will not be sent to the detention centre. The apex court sought a response to the petition filed from the Centre and state government within a time span of four weeks.

In another hearing, the top court on Monday sought an explanation from the Assam government over the allegation that the state coordinator for NRC was making communal statements.

Hearing a petition seeking the removal of state coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma, an SC bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde directed the state government to provide a proper explanation on the top NRC official communal remarks.

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