Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

India's top court delays ruling on Rohingya deportation

India's top court delays ruling on Rohingya deportation

In a blow to the Union government, the Supreme Court (SC) on Friday stayed the Centre's plan to deport all illegal Rohigya immigrants till the next hearing in the case on November 21.

The court while saying that national importance can not be secondary added that the human rights of the Rohingyas should also be kept in mind.

Posting the case to a further date, the court gave permission to petitioners to approach it in case of any contingency.

"We have to strike a balance". It is not an ordinary case. "The issue involves human rights of many", as per ANI.

In September, the government informed the apex court that the "illegal" influx of Rohingyas was "seriously harming national security of the country".

As per the information, the plea has been filed by the two Rohingya Refugees namely, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir.

A three-judge SC bench led by chief justice Dipak Misra has asked the concerned parties related to the case to compile all documents and worldwide conventions for its assistance.

The refugees are fleeing a military operation in which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages.

In last hearing on October 3, the Supreme Court said that it will examine all the issues involved in the moves to deport Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar and urged the rival parties to address the issue on the strength of law shunning emotional arguments.

An estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have settled in various Indian cities, including many who fled persecution in Myanmar in 2012. India also told the United Nations Human Rights Council that the prevailing situation in Myanmar's Rakhine state should be handled with "restraint" and focus on the "welfare of the civilian population".

In an affidavit filed in the apex court registry, the NDA government said the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country is available to citizens only and illegal refugees can not invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to enforce the right.

"India's justification to deport the Rohingyas to Myanmar is premised on the false assumption that all of them present a potential threat to national security".

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