SC to hear petition challenging decision to deport Rohingya

SC to hear petition challenging decision to deport Rohingya

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear on Monday a plea challenging the decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar, on various grounds including that it violated international human rights conventions.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submissions of lawyer Prashant Bhushan that the plea required urgent hearing in view of the decision of the government to send Rohingyas back to their native land.

The plea filed by two Rohingya immigrants that they were facing persecution in Myanmar and that the decision to send them back was in violation of various international conventions.

On August 18, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had issued notice to the Centre over its plan to deport the Rohingya immigrants, who are residing in various parts of India.

The Rohingyas, who fled to India after violence in the Western Rakhine State of Myanmar, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had said in Parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in India.

He had said that around 40,000 Rohingyas were staying in India illegally.

In a communication to all states, the Union home ministry had said the rise of terrorism in last few decades has become a serious concern for most nations as illegal migrants are prone to getting recruited by terrorist organisations.

The Centre had directed the state governments to set up a task force at district level to identify and deport illegally-staying foreign nationals.

2 Responses to "SC to hear petition challenging decision to deport Rohingya"

  1. Rational   September 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    While I sympathise with the Rohingyas, India cannot be a dumping ground, We are already over-populated. They are the responsibility of the Islamic world which has vast empty spaces.

  2. Rational   September 1, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Muslim countries are exploiting Rohingyas. Take the case of Rohingyas settled in Jammu city. Omar Abdullah Govt invited them to his state on humanitarian grounds as he claimed but settled all of them in and around Jammu city and not a single one in Kashmir Valley. On top of that he has given them State Subject certificates and ration cards. Now they will be in Jammu for ever. Many more Rohingyas have since joined them illegally and are living in Jammu and Sambha.

    Similar might be the stories in other Indian cities. Can India afford not to deport at least such illegal/undocumnted Rohingyas? Whose humanity is the Supreme Court concerned about, theirs or of Indian citizens’.


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