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Illegal migrants: SC reserves verdict on Home Ministry order

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New Delhi, May 5 (UNI) The Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on the PIL challenging the union home ministry order dated Feb 6,2006 on the detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshi migrants into the border state of Assam who are threatening to alter the demographic structure of the state where natives have been reduced to minority.

A bench comprising Mr. Justices S.B. Sinha and P.K.

Balasubramanyan reserved the verdict following conclusion of arguments.

Earlier senior counsel Ashok Desai appearing for the petitioner had pleaded that there can not be two sets of law for Assam and the rest of the country and the impugned order was a grave threat to the security and integrity of the country as Bangladeshi migrants are actively involved in anti-national activities. Pakistan ISI is very active in Bangladesh and the illegal migrants from the neighbouring country had infiltrated into the border states in lakhs and north-east states known as seven sisters are all victims of this unchecked infiltration.

According to the petitioner Sonowal the impugned home ministry order was an attempt to bypass an earlier Apex court order quashing the Illegal Migrants ( Detection ) Tribunal Act as unconstitutional Counsel for the centre, however defending the impugned order contended that the order was only aimed at saving the innocent residents of the border state from harassment and persecution and that no 'vote bank' politics was involved.

UNI AKS/SC RP RS2002

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