The Centre is likely to inform the Supreme Court that the instruction of the Union Home Ministry to deport migrants staying in India is not limited only to the Rohingya Muslims.
The Centre is likely to inform the Supreme Court that the instruction of the Union Home Ministry to deport migrants staying in India is not limited only to the Rohingya Muslims. The Centre is likely to tell the apex court that the instruction is for all the undocumented refugees residing in the country. The SC had sought the government’s stand on a petition challenging the ministry’s direction to deport Rohingya Muslims illegally residing in the country back to Myanmar, according to Indian Express.
According to officials, the matter is being heard before a bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. The matter will be heard on September 11 and it is then that the Centre is expected to file its reply. The government is likely to argue before the apex court reiterating its position that illegal migrants infringe on the rights of the citizens. The Home ministry estimates that atleast 40,000 Rohingyas reside across India with highest numbers in Jammu and Kashmir. Out of this 11,000 are registered under United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Besides Rohingyas, illegal Bangladesh migrants account for over 2 crore of the population.
Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir who are registered refugees under UNHCR had filed a plea in the apex court claiming that they had taken refuge in India after escaping mass discrimination and bloodshed in Myanmar. The Centre, on the other hand, is going to argue that this is not the first time that the home ministry has taken a stand on deportation of illegal migrants. According to officials Rohingyas holding original documents and registered under UNHCR is not going to be deported.