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NE body mulls PIL in SC over NRC documents

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SILCHAR, Sept 20 - Following the Supreme Court�s verdict on the resumption of the claims and objections procedure by applicants who have been left out of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the North East Linguistic Ethnic Coordination Committee (NELECC) has decided to file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the apex court if the five documents which are now inadmissible are not again considered as valid evidence for citizenship claims.

�Our hopes were pinned on the Supreme Court regarding the five documents including the NRC list of 1951, refugee registration certificates, ration cards, etc., which the Court has kept on hold till the next hearing on October 23. But the Court has issued orders for resumption of the claims and objections process without these key documents from September 25. We fail to understand what is the intent behind the decision which has put the lives of 40 lakh people in jeopardy. If the documents remain inadmissible even after the scheduled hearing, we shall file a PIL challenging the decision,� said advocate Shantanu Naik, adviser to the NELECC.

It may be mentioned here that on the basis of the affidavit filed by NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Hajela to present views on the stands of the Central and State Governments on the applicability as well as non-applicability of the five documents for inclusion of names in the NRC.

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NE body mulls PIL in SC over NRC documents

SILCHAR, Sept 20 - Following the Supreme Court�s verdict on the resumption of the claims and objections procedure by applicants who have been left out of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the North East Linguistic Ethnic Coordination Committee (NELECC) has decided to file a public interest litigation (PIL) in the apex court if the five documents which are now inadmissible are not again considered as valid evidence for citizenship claims.

�Our hopes were pinned on the Supreme Court regarding the five documents including the NRC list of 1951, refugee registration certificates, ration cards, etc., which the Court has kept on hold till the next hearing on October 23. But the Court has issued orders for resumption of the claims and objections process without these key documents from September 25. We fail to understand what is the intent behind the decision which has put the lives of 40 lakh people in jeopardy. If the documents remain inadmissible even after the scheduled hearing, we shall file a PIL challenging the decision,� said advocate Shantanu Naik, adviser to the NELECC.

It may be mentioned here that on the basis of the affidavit filed by NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Hajela to present views on the stands of the Central and State Governments on the applicability as well as non-applicability of the five documents for inclusion of names in the NRC.

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