CJI calls for deportation of foreigners at earliest in Assam

CJI calls for deportation of foreigners at earliest in Assam

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The Supreme Court on Thursday called for deportation of foreigners at the earlierst in Assam.

CJI lashed out at the Assam government’s proposal to conditionally release and monitor declared foreigners languishing in its detention centres for over five years, saying the court would not be a party to such a move which is both illegal and violative of the Constitution.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said the proposed measure reflected the government's failure to deport declared foreigners.

“You have no right to continue in office after authoring such an affidavit... This court will not be party to such an unheard-of arrangement... You have 900 detainees when lakhs of illegal foreigners have already intermingled with the local population. Most of these foreigners are in the voters’ list and are taking part in the political system of this country...,” Chief Justice Gogoi said.

“All you have is 900 people kept in sub-human conditions in your detention centres,” he rebuked Assam Chief Secretary Alok Kumar, who was present in court.

The Assam government’s affidavit proposed a measure to release foreigners who have completed five years in detention centres subject to their furnishing a security of ₹5 lakh, verification of address and collection of their biometrics.

When Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who is appearing for the State, tried to intervene, the CJI said the court wanted a response from Mr. Kumar as he had authored the affidavit.

Mr. Kumar repeatedly apologised to the Bench for the affidavit and said he would come back with other measures. “What other measures? That you will provide these detainees five-star facilities or you will beg and plead with their countries to take them back?” the CJI asked Mr. Kumar.