Assam NRC: Centre tells Supreme Court India can’t be refugee capital of world, says list includes lakhs of illegal immigrants: Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA II government on Friday pleaded the Supreme Court to extend the July 31 deadline for final NRC (National Register of Citizens). India could not become the refugee capital of the world, Solicitor General (SG) and senior Supreme Court lawyer, Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and Assam Government said in the apex court. Mehta told the Court that it has been perceived that lakhs of illegal migrants have been included in the NRC list in alleged collusion with local NRC officials in the state of Assam.

While seeking more time to finalise the list, Mehta said that both the central and Assam government need time to deal severely with the illegal immigrants being illegally included in the list. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court did not give its ruling on the request and fixed National Register of Citizens (NRC) matter for further hearing on July 23. The Centre has claimed that while some of the illegal immigrants were added to the list, many citizens were left out. 

The Centre has further suggested the list should be re-examined in 20 per cent districts bordering Bangladesh as it is one of the closest sources of flooding illegal immigrants to the country. 

The Supreme Court also heard Prateek Hajela, Assam’s coordinator for the national register of citizens, who also backed the Centre’s request. However, he noted that around 80 lakh people were automatically re-verified during sample verification of the family tree.

Hajela assured that it would take a month to publish the final list but would bring a temporary list on July 31 with fresh inclusion and exclusions.

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