India's top court delays ruling on Rohingya deportation

India's top court delays ruling on Rohingya deportation

India's top court delays ruling on Rohingya deportation

The letter further states that the Indian government's justification to deport Rohingya Muslims "is premised on the false assumption that all Rohingya people present a potential threat to national security".

In a strongly-worded observation, the Supreme Court reminded the government that it has multiple responsibilities, and must balance national and humanitarian values.

However, it also allowed petitioners to approach it in case of any contingency.

The top court also said, 'We have to strike a balance. "The issue involves human rights of many", as per ANI.

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Last month, the government had filed an affidavit in the apex court in which it said that Rohingyas are illegal immigrants and pose a threat to the national security.

The top court made it clear that there was a need for holistic hearing and it is neither going to be swayed by the arguments of senior lawyer Fali S Nariman, who is representing the petitioners, nor by any other senior counsel and the submissions have to go by the letter of the law.

The hearing was done by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice, Dipak Misra.

Since August 25, around 4 lakh Rohingyas have fled the country and a lot of them are living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

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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.

There are an estimated 40,000 Rohingya refugees in the country, a large number of them living in squalid camps in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

The apex court is hearing a plea filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered as refugees under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The Indian government is seeking to deport them, saying some of them may be linked to militant groups based outside of the country.

A group of 51 personalities from various fields have written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposing the deportation of Rohingyas arguing that the move would be against India's humanitarian principles and traditions as well as its obligations under global law.

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