NEW DELHI, Feb 18 � The Centre on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of setting a timeline for settlement of cases of �D� voters in Assam, even as it denied reports of harassment of suspected illegal migrants by the Assam Police.
Settlement of �D� voters is done through a specific judicial process and efforts are on to settle these cases. However, no time limit can be fixed, it being a judicial process, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, M Ramachandran told Badruddin Ajmal in a Lok Sabha reply.
In order to ensure speedier disposal of cases pending in the Foreigners Tribunals, in April 2012, the Foreigners (Tribunal) Order, 1964, has been amended, which envisages that the cases shall be disposed of by the Tribunals within 60 days from the reference received from the competent authority.
At least 36 Foreigner Tribunals have been set up in Assam for detection of illegal migrants. There is no such report of some ethnic groups being harassed by police in the process of identification of foreigners in Assam. The due process of law has been followed in the process of identification of foreigners by the police in Assam.
According to reports, during intensive revision of electoral rolls in 1997 objections and doubts were raised before the election authorities.
After verification, the claims of 13,41,994 persons were accepted as being citizens of
India and further proceedings in their cases were dropped. Names of 1,84,619 persons were deleted under Rule 21 A of the Registration of Elector Rule, 1960, under the suo moto power of the Electoral Registration Officers following the due procedure for reasons of being dead or shifted.
The names of those persons whose citizenship was found in doubt were referred by the Electoral Registration Officer concerned to the competent authority for further references to the Tribunals.