In a relief to the people whose names were not included in the recently-published draft of National Register of Citizen (NRC) in Assam, the Supreme Court on Thursday extended the deadline till December 15 for filing claims and objections for the inclusion of names in Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) list.
The bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has extended the deadline to file the approved documents till December 15, February 1 will be the last date for verification of documents.
The Supreme Court has further given a deadline of January 15, 2019, for the issuance of notice and February 1, 2019, for the verification of the documents.
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A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and RF Nariman had earlier set a timeline of 60 days to file claims and objections for the inclusion and exclusion in the NRC list. The Bench also allowed claimants to use five documents for the approval of their legacy.
The claimants may now show proof of documents which are NRC of 1951, Voter list up to March 1971, refugee registration certificate, and ration card issued prior to March 24, 1971
These five documents are part of the total of 15 documents listed by the Centre in its draft Standard Operating Procedure for claims and objections. Any of these five documents can now be used for claimants to prove their Indian legacy in the ongoing claims and objections process.
The bench disagreed with State NRC Co-coordinator Prateek Hajela’s conclusion that these five documents can be easily forged, thus it should not be permitted for use by claimants to prove their Indian citizenship. Justice Nariman told the coordinator “We do not think you are right, Mr. Hajela”
The final draft of NRC list was published on July 30 in which names of 2.89 out of 3.29 crore people were included. The names of 40, 70,707 people did not figure in the list and 37, 59,630 names have been rejected and the remaining 2, 48,077 are on hold.
Assam is the only state having an NRC which was first prepared in 1951.