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HC blasts State Govt, Centre for failure

By Staff reporter

GUWAHATI, June 18 � Taking serious note of the failure of the government machinery to detect and deport illegal Bangladeshi migrants from Assam even after determination of their citizenship status through the legal process, the Gauhati High Court has asked the State and Union governments to clarify how such cases should be dealt with.

The court also asked what action plan had been initiated/taken by the State and Union governments towards detection, detention and deportation of foreign nationals, and for that matter implementation of orders of foreigners tribunals.

�The Union and State governments in respective Home departments are directed to clarify in case of failure to deport the declared foreign nationals to their country of origin, how their cases will be dealt with. The authorities in the State and the Union Government shall bear in mind that more than 40 years have gone by since the cut-off date, i.e., 25.3.1971 was fixed for detection and deportation of foreign national (illegal Bangladeshi migrants),�Justice BK Sharma said in his order in connection with cases WP (C) No. 4601/2011 and WP (C) No. 642/2009.

The court also asked the governments to clarify whether the police and the State administration would only continue to make efforts to apprehend the illegal migrants staying in Assam for an indefinite period or would prefer to close such cases.

�It appears that the State and the Union governments are not at all interested in detection, detention and deportation of illegal Bangladeshis from Assam�as vividly revealed by the Supreme Court in the Sarbananda Sonowal case, a huge number of Bangladeshi nationals (several lakhs) illegally migrated to Assam and are freely roaming around the fertile land of Assam with all sorts of protections at the cost of constitutional rights of the indigenous people of Assam,� the court observed.

Referring to the disturbing trend of illegal migrants doing the vanishing act once the court passes a judgment, the court questioned what the �mighty police administration� of the State was doing to apprehend the declared migrants for years.

In the hard-hitting order, the court also sought to know what steps had been taken by the State and Union governments to make the foreigners tribunals operational, providing them with required infrastructural facilities.

The court asked the State Government to furnish information as to how many references were pending in various foreigners tribunals, both registered and unregistered.

All the information sought by the court from the governments is to be submitted within a month.

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HC blasts State Govt, Centre for failure

GUWAHATI, June 18 � Taking serious note of the failure of the government machinery to detect and deport illegal Bangladeshi migrants from Assam even after determination of their citizenship status through the legal process, the Gauhati High Court has asked the State and Union governments to clarify how such cases should be dealt with.

The court also asked what action plan had been initiated/taken by the State and Union governments towards detection, detention and deportation of foreign nationals, and for that matter implementation of orders of foreigners tribunals.

�The Union and State governments in respective Home departments are directed to clarify in case of failure to deport the declared foreign nationals to their country of origin, how their cases will be dealt with. The authorities in the State and the Union Government shall bear in mind that more than 40 years have gone by since the cut-off date, i.e., 25.3.1971 was fixed for detection and deportation of foreign national (illegal Bangladeshi migrants),�Justice BK Sharma said in his order in connection with cases WP (C) No. 4601/2011 and WP (C) No. 642/2009.

The court also asked the governments to clarify whether the police and the State administration would only continue to make efforts to apprehend the illegal migrants staying in Assam for an indefinite period or would prefer to close such cases.

�It appears that the State and the Union governments are not at all interested in detection, detention and deportation of illegal Bangladeshis from Assam�as vividly revealed by the Supreme Court in the Sarbananda Sonowal case, a huge number of Bangladeshi nationals (several lakhs) illegally migrated to Assam and are freely roaming around the fertile land of Assam with all sorts of protections at the cost of constitutional rights of the indigenous people of Assam,� the court observed.

Referring to the disturbing trend of illegal migrants doing the vanishing act once the court passes a judgment, the court questioned what the �mighty police administration� of the State was doing to apprehend the declared migrants for years.

In the hard-hitting order, the court also sought to know what steps had been taken by the State and Union governments to make the foreigners tribunals operational, providing them with required infrastructural facilities.

The court asked the State Government to furnish information as to how many references were pending in various foreigners tribunals, both registered and unregistered.

All the information sought by the court from the governments is to be submitted within a month.