Govt to file fresh affidavit in SC for inclusion of 5 documents  

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NRC coordinator makes PPT before apex court

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, Oct 27: Giving a fresh twist to the controversial NRC issue, the Assam government has decided to file a fresh affidavit in the Supreme Court seeking inclusion of the remaining five documents as a proof of citizenship.

This was indicated by Assam chief minister’s legal advisor Shantanu Bharali in New Delhi on Saturday.

He said that the state government would again file affidavit in the Supreme Court. He said this after attending a power point presentation made by NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela in New Delhi.

“Today it was a technical discussion over NRC. It was done as advised by the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi…we will again file an affidavit in the court for inclusion of the remaining five documents that was excluded earlier,” Bharali said.

A month back, NRC coordinator Hajela in his 175 pages report submitted to the apex court had suggested omission of five documents.

Meanwhile, Hajela on Saturday made a power point presentation (PPT) before Supreme Court to drive home the logic behind omission of the five documents while filing claims for inclusion of names in the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

It was learnt that Hajela reiterated his stand in the Supreme Court during the presentation of the PPT that five documents, earlier accepted as proof of citizenship for Assam residents, cannot be used anymore.

He made the presentation before the Bench comprising of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Nariman.

The five documents, Hajela has been demanding to exclude are names in the NRC of 1951, names in electoral rolls up to March 24, 1971, citizenship certificate and refugee registration certificate, certified copies of pre-1971 electoral rolls, particularly, those issued by the state of Tripura and ration cards issued prior to March 24, 1971, which is the cut-off date fixed by the Assam Accord for detection and deportation of illegal migrants from the state.

Hajela’s stand to oppose these five documents had created widespread reactions across Assam with several organisations burning effigy of the NRC coordinator.


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