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Rohingya case: Court may be approached for an ‘appropriate' interim order, says MHA

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    The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday said that in case of "contingency" the petitioner in the Rohingya deportation case may move the court for an "appropriate interim order".

    File photo of Rohingya refugees

    The Supreme Court earlier on Friday told the centre to strike a balance between national and human interest while hearing the Rohingya case.

    "While adjourning Rohingyas Deportation Case, the Supreme Court simply recorded the statement of the learned Counsel for the petitioner to the effect that in case of any contingency he may move the Court for appropriate interim order," news agency ANI quoted an MHA spokesperson as saying.

    "Recording this request and without granting any interim order, the matter was posted for further hearing on November 21, 2017," MHA added.

    The bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra said that national and economic interests are important while dealing with humanitarian issues. The court said that the state should not be oblivious to facts.

    Meanwhile, senior Supreme Court advocate Aishwarya Bhati said that the bench was clearly of the view that this matter requires a detailed hearing because the magnitude of the issue is much wider.

    "Initially court felt they would like to pass an interim relief order but ASG stood up and contested...The ASG said this is not even a prayer made by the petitioner," Bhati told ANI.

    "CJI observed that on one hand, there is humanitarian ground and at the same time there is national security interest," she added.

    The court posted the matter to November 21. The Bench, however, permitted the petitioner to move any court if any contingent of deportation arises in between.

    [Strike balance between national and humanitarian interest, SC on Rohingya issue]

    On the earlier date of hearing, the court had told the government to adopt a humanitarian approach while dealing with the Rohingya Muslim issue. The Bench said that in such case a humanitarian approach needs to be taken.

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