NEW DELHI, June 4 - A Writ Petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to allow �D� voters to not only submit the documents in the on-going NRC updating exercise but also to be included in the final NRC subject to submission of the necessary documents, as required under Section 6A of the Citizenship Act, 1955.
The Writ Petition was submitted by Idris Ali and 14 others in the Apex Court this afternoon. As the Supreme Court is on vacation, the petition is likely to come up for hearing for admission after July 8, when the Court resumes sitting.
The petitioners have named Government of India, the Government of Assam, Chief Electoral Officer and NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela as respondents. They have prayed for issue of a Writ of Mandamus directing the respondents for expedited disposal of the claims of any D-voters who have submitted documents for inclusion in the updated NRC.
The Writ Petition filed under Article 32 claimed that the petitioners, who, despite having all the documents necessary in support of their citizenship under the Citizenship Act, 1955, have been arbitrarily tagged as doubtful voters in Assam and thus being denied the benefit of the ensuing National Register of Citizens exercise.
The petitioners, by filing the present petition are seeking directions from this Court for their inclusion in the NRC currently underway in Assam.
It submitted that thousands of people have been, arbitrarily and without any procedure, are held as D-Voters, depriving them of their fundamental right to vote. The fate of few of these Doubtful Voters has been determined by the various Foreigners� Tribunals, whereas the fate of thousands of such persons looms in the shadows of uncertainty, the petition said.