Hours after Central government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on the issue of deportation of Rohingya immigrants to Myanmar, Home Minister Rajnath Singh while speaking to media today said, “Whatever decision has to be made will be done by the Supreme Court. I think we should wait for court’s decision.”

According to reports, it is also expected that the Centre will also submit a confidential report along with the final affidavit.

The Centre plans to deport the 40,000-odd Rohingya refugees living illegally in India. The Indian government calls them “illegal, a security threat and (a) strain on India’s resources”.

The Centre on Monday told the apex court that the influx of the Rohingya refugees started in 2012, as the top court directed the hearing on October 3 of a petition challenging their deportation to Myanmar.

The Central government informed the SC that the Centre’s policy in the issue of Rohingya migrants is an executive decision of the government and that the court should not interfere with their policy.

While talking to media ahead of SC’s hearing, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju criticised the human rights groups by asking them not to spread “misinformation about India” regarding the issue of Rohingya refugees in the country. Rijiju said, “I request international human rights’ bodies to not spread misinformation about India and the Indian government, protecting the nation is our duty.”

However, the Human Rights Activist and the opposition led by Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying that the government should provide shelter to the Rohingyas. 

First Published | 18 September 2017 1:53 PM
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