New Delhi, July 19: Union of India on Friday sought a direction from the Supreme Court to extend the July 31 deadline for publication of the final National Register of Citizens.
On the request of Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, a bench, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, posted the matter for further hearing to Tuesday. Mehta told the apex court that there is a growing perception that lakhs of illegal migrants have been included in NRC in collusion with local officials.
''India cannot be the refugee capital of the world. We need to have a relook at the process for sample verification of those included in the NRC,'' averred the SG. He pleaded for an extension of the deadline of the process, as lakhs of people are involved. At the request of SG, the Supreme Court postponed hearing on NRC sample re-verification plea to Tuesday.
State coordinator, Prateek Hajela also sought an extension of the deadline for final NRC publication to August 31 instead of July-end. The Supreme Court observed that the NRC state coordinator's reports revealed that entire family trees were verified leading to re-verification of 80 lakh persons, or 25 per cent of the state's population. "So what use of seeking 20% re-verification by Centre and Assam,'' the bench said.UNI