Bangladeshi migrants: SC adjourns hearing till April 17
New Delhi, Apr 10 (UNI) The Supreme Court today directed the Centre and the state of Assam to file a counter-affidavit on a PIL challenging 2006 order of Union Home Ministry making the detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants from the border state as legal.
A bench comprising Mr.Justice S B Sinha and Mr.Justice P K Balasubramanyan while adjourning the matter till April 17 directed the petitioner Sarbabanda Sonowal to file the rejoinder by Monday.
Through the impugned Union Home Ministry order, the onus of proving nationality to an illegal migrant has been transferred to the state or the complainant.
The petitioner has expressed concern about the security and welfare of the people of India. He has alleged that unhindered infiltration in Assam was changing the demography of Assam and it is being dominated by the people who have illegally entered into Assam.
The Home Ministry vide order dated Feb 10 2006 has made amendments in the format (Tribunal) order 1964. The Supreme Court had earlier termed as unconstitutional the illegal migrants (determination by Tribunal) Act.
There are over twenty lakhs Bangladeshi migrants and some of them have been found indulging in anti-national and militant activities.
UNI AKS/SC SY RP DS1322