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Bengali body wants CBI probe into allegation of legacy data sale

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GUWAHATI, Sept 24 - The Bengali Joint Coordination Committee, Assam, today demanded a CBI probe into the allegations of purchase and sale of legacy data during the NRC updating process, as levelled by NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela recently in the Supreme Court.

Hajela had allegedly told the apex court that the legacy data became a �commodity� during the update process which was �purchased and sold, stated the committee in its memorandum.

The committee, which staged a sit-in demonstration at the Last Gate here today on the first day of autumn session of the Assam Assembly, in a memorandum sent to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the principles and guidelines of the Nehru-Liaquat treaty and the Indira-Mujib treaty should be taken into consideration while updating and implementing the NRC.

The committee, an umbrella body of 14 Bengali organisations of the State, in the memorandum also said that contents of any document more than 30 years old should be accepted in accordance with Section 79 and 90 of the Indian Evidence Act.

It also demanded to take up with the appropriate authority the issue of inclusion of names of Indian citizens in the NRC, who were born in any part of Assam and whose forefathers had stayed in or migrated from any part of the Assam before the Partition of India, or migrated from that part of erstwhile state of Assam which fell under the then East Pakistan, as �original inhabitants� of the State.

The Committee demanded that Central officials or Class-I officers be engaged for decision-making during the claims and objections process of the NRC. It demanded that submission of more than one of the 15 admissible documents be allowed in the process. It also demanded CCTV cameras in all NRC booths.

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Bengali body wants CBI probe into allegation of legacy data sale

GUWAHATI, Sept 24 - The Bengali Joint Coordination Committee, Assam, today demanded a CBI probe into the allegations of purchase and sale of legacy data during the NRC updating process, as levelled by NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela recently in the Supreme Court.

Hajela had allegedly told the apex court that the legacy data became a �commodity� during the update process which was �purchased and sold, stated the committee in its memorandum.

The committee, which staged a sit-in demonstration at the Last Gate here today on the first day of autumn session of the Assam Assembly, in a memorandum sent to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the principles and guidelines of the Nehru-Liaquat treaty and the Indira-Mujib treaty should be taken into consideration while updating and implementing the NRC.

The committee, an umbrella body of 14 Bengali organisations of the State, in the memorandum also said that contents of any document more than 30 years old should be accepted in accordance with Section 79 and 90 of the Indian Evidence Act.

It also demanded to take up with the appropriate authority the issue of inclusion of names of Indian citizens in the NRC, who were born in any part of Assam and whose forefathers had stayed in or migrated from any part of the Assam before the Partition of India, or migrated from that part of erstwhile state of Assam which fell under the then East Pakistan, as �original inhabitants� of the State.

The Committee demanded that Central officials or Class-I officers be engaged for decision-making during the claims and objections process of the NRC. It demanded that submission of more than one of the 15 admissible documents be allowed in the process. It also demanded CCTV cameras in all NRC booths.

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