NEW DELHI, April 10 - The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that the State government employees engaged in election work in Assam would have to be re-engaged in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update exercise after the polls.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, while reviewing the NRC update work, directed that after the elections all administrative powers would go to NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela and the Register General of India (RGI).
Responding to a petition filed by the Jamiat-Ulama-e-Hind mentioning that people have to travel a long distance for hearing, the Bench asked the NRC authorities to cooperate.
On March 13, the Supreme Court was informed by NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela that the Election Commission has agreed to not withdraw personnel involved in the NRC work.
Hajela submitted that the NRC work would not be stopped or delayed during the Lok Sabha elections. He said there would be �enough personnel� to carry on the NRC work and the polls would not serve as an obstruction.