NEW DELHI, Feb 10: Assam Public Works (APW), the main petitioner in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) case, on Wednesday alleged that the draft and supplementary lists were published as final NRC with the aim of misleading the public.
“How did 84,248 people of East Bengal descent get their original inhabitant certificate,” asked APW president Aabhijeet Sharma, adding that misleading the people amounted to contempt of court.
“During the course of the work on behalf of the Assam Public Works, we had repeatedly filed affidavits in the Supreme Court seeking 100 per cent revision of NRC work, although our application was not accepted,” he told media here today.
On August 31, 2019, the supplementary list was published as a complete and final NRC. On August 13, 2019, the Supreme Court had directed that the names of persons eligible for inclusion in the NRC should be included and made available to the NRC centres and district offices.
“But the then State coordinator Prateek Hazela called it the final NRC and combined the two draft NRCs and the supplementary list of July 31, 2018 to create the final NRC list, when the authority to publish the final NRC is vested only with the Registrar General of India,” he said.