New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday directed the Centre to file a “comprehensive status report” giving details of conditions in Rohingya refugee camps in various states.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission of senior advocate Colin Gonsalves that conditions at the camps are unhygienic and “filthiest to say the least”.
The senior lawyer, appearing for the petitioner Zaffar Ullah, said the Centre and states like Haryana, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir should be asked to provide better hygienic facilities at these camps.
The plea alleged that poor and unhygienic conditions at these camps have led to several deaths recently.
The Rohingyas, who fled to India after violence in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, are settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.PTI
Meanwhile, the apex court also refused to pass any interim order on a plea filed by two Rohingya refugees to ensure health and educational facilities for them.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud was told by the Centre that there was no discrimination in granting health and educational facilities to Indians and outsiders.
“We will not pass any interim order with regard to ensuring health and educational facilities for Rohingya refugees unless petitioners bring some material contradicting the claims of the Centre,” the bench said. (PTI)