New Delhi : In a major relief to those 40 lakh people left out of the final draft of the Assam NRC, the apex court has set Dec 15 deadline for filing claims, objections in NRC centres to get their names included or facing any kind of discrepancy in the final draft NRC publication.
Dec 15 deadline set to file claims, objections in Assam NRC
After Dec 15, the notices to claimants would be issued till January 15, 2019. The commencement of verification of their claims would commence from April 1, 2019.
Dec 15 deadline set by Supreme Court
A Special Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton F. Nariman further allowed claimants to use five more documents to prove their legacy. They are the NRC, 1951; names in electoral roll up to March 24, 1971; citizenship certificate, refugee registration certificate; certified copies of pre-1971 electoral roll, particularly, those issued from the State of Tripura; and ration card. Any of these five documents can now be used for claimants to prove their Indian legacy in the ongoing claims and objections process.
Apex court sets Dec 15 deadline
The Bench disagreed with State NRC Co-ordinator Prateek Hajela’s conclusion that these five documents can be easily forged, and thus, should not be permitted for use by claimants to prove their Indian citizenship.
Chief Justice Gogoi said the mere possibility that these documents may be used by ineligible persons cannot be a ground for barring them for use by genuine claimants.