GUWAHATI, Sept 24 - The number of cases referred to the Foreigners Tribunals (FTs) including IM(DT) cases and �D� voter cases up to December 2017 is 4,55,976.
This was stated by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary while replying to a question by Aminul Islam of AIUDF in the Assembly today.
From January 2018 to April 2018, a total 1,079 cases have been referred to the FTs by Border Police. The month-wise break-up being January 2018 � 256, February 2018 � 501, March 2018 - 82 and April 2018 � 240. The data for the subsequent periods and FT-wise are being collected, he added.
�The total number of persons marked as �D� in the electoral roll published after the intensive revision in 1997 was 2,02,092 as per records of Election Department. The total number of persons marked as �D� in the electoral roil after the intensive revision in 2005 was 1,60,051. The total number of persons marked as �D� in the draft electoral roll published as on September 15, 2018 is 1,19,559,� Patowary said.
He added that in the light of the order of the Supreme Court dated July 31, 2018 in WP(C) 274/2009 mentioning specifically that the complete draft NRC cannot be the basis of any action, the Assam Government has issued a directive vide letter No. PLB. 382/2017/86 dated Dispur, the 7th August, 2018 to all the Superintendents of Police (Border) not to take any action for fresh inquiry and refer to Foreigners Tribunals, as people whose names did not figure in the draft NRC are entitled to file claims and objections and due opportunities have to be given to them as available under law before the final publication of NRC.
However, in respect of old cases referred to the Foreigners Tribunals before publication of complete draft NRC, the FTs may issue notices as per provisions of law, he said.