SC asks Centre not to delay NRC work in Assam

SC asks Centre not to delay NRC work in Assam

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New Delhi, Feb 5: Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed the central government for delaying the NRC (National Register of Citizens) work in Assam.

A bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, said, it seems the entire effort of the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) seems to destroy the NRC work. "We are left anguished. We will summon the Home Secretary here," says CJI.

The top court came down heavily on the government, and said, the deadline will not be extended beyond July 31, 2019, as the elections and NRC work must go together.

The government wanted suspension of the Assam NRC work from the date of notification of Lok Sabha polls to two weeks after voting.

The CJI told the Attorney-General KK Venugopal: "Is it too much to ask that LS polls and NRC work should go on simultaneously and peacefully?"

The apex court was hearing many petitions, including that Assam Samhilta and Social Justice Forum, and many others, seeking the quashing of the NRC procedure as it is violative of citizenship rules and other allied rules laid down in 2003. (UNI)