Assam: Gauhati High Court asks NRC Coordinator to provide Affidavit

Assam: Gauhati High Court asks NRC Coordinator to provide Affidavit

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Guwahati: The Gauhati High Court has asked the Assam Coordinator of National Register of Citizens (NRC) to file an official affidavit on how some ineligible people managed to get included in the final NRC list for the north-eastern state released in August 2019.

According to reports, the two-member HC division bench, comprising Justices Manojit Bhuyan and Soumitra Saikia, directed Sarma last week to file the affidavit within three weeks.

The NRC list, which was released on August 31, 2019, had excluded 1.9 million applicants. Around 33 million applicants had applied for their inclusion in the list.

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The list, which was a revision of a similar exercise first introduced in 1951, was compiled following a Supreme Court (SC) order, and the exercise was conducted under the apex court’s supervision.

The SC noted that the present case was of “great importance” and was not a “solitary instance” and stressed that insertions of names of ineligible people in the NRC list were “against the law”.

“This is not an isolated case. Let the Assam NRC coordinator file a comprehensive affidavit and bring on record the situations along with necessary particulars, where inroads into the list may have been created by individuals, who are undeserving and not legally entitled to be included in it,” the court said.

The court further stated that the affidavit should not be restricted to the Nalbari district, but must include details from all 33 districts of the state.

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