NEW DELHI, Sept 11 - The Supreme Court today fixed September 18 for hearing a plea challenging the government�s decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submission Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, to defer the hearing. �As prayed for by Tushar Mehta, Additional Solicitor General, let the matter be listed on September 18,� the bench said.
The apex court had earlier asked the ASG to take instruction from the Centre about its response to the petition challenging the decision on various grounds, including that it violated international human right conventions.
The plea, filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, who are registered refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR), claimed they had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.
The violent attacks allegedly by Myanmarese armymen have led to an exodus of Rohingya tribals from the western Rakhine state in that country to India and Bangladesh. Many of those who had fled to India after the earlier spate of violence, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.
Former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya recently moved the apex court seeking to make him a party in the case filed by the two Rohingya Muslims. He opposed their plea saying they were �a burden� on the country�s resources and posed a serious threat to national security. � PTI