SC asks Centre to follow SOP in NRC objections


New Delhi, Supreme Court said on Tuesday that the process of filing of objection by those whose names are not in the list should be fair and standard operating procedure should be followed. A division bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton Fali Nariman, observed, as per rules, the person has to be sent notice and he should get a hearing. The Apex Court told NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela and the Central government to submit before it the process or modalities how they plan to do this. Justice Gogoi said, we will see if it is fair or not. Then we decide. If something needs to be done we will do. The Apex Court said, you (Attorney General) do what you want to do then we will say. "Our silence is neither agreement nor rejection nor assurance," the Supreme Court observed. The Apex Court also today made it clear that those whose names have not been come up, in the NRC, should not be worried and no action would be taken against them. Attorney General KK Venugopal submitted before the Apex Court that the concerned ministry is preparing the SOP to deal with claims and objection to ensure that the process would be fair. Mr Venugopal said the SOP will be given to the court in mid August. The Apex Court was hearing many petitions, including that Assam Samhilta and social justice forum seeking quashing of the NRC procedure as it is violative of citizenship rules 2003.

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