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SC bench to hear plea against deportation of Rohingya muslims

By PTI
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New Delhi, September 1: A Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud on Friday agreed to hear on Monday a plea challenging the decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar. The plea stated that the deportation of Rohingyas violated international human rights conventions.

Rohingya Muslim people showing their Aadhaar Cards at Kelambakkam in Chennai. Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar have been living in the government-run cyclone shelter at Kelambakkam on the city outskirts after fleeing their home land in 2012 amid deadly sectarian violence. PTI file photo

The bench considered the submissions of lawyer Prashant Bhushan that the plea required urgent hearing in view of the decision of the government to send Rohingyas back to their native land.

The plea filed by two Rohingya immigrants that they were facing persecution in Myanmar and that the decision to send them back was in violation of various international conventions.

On August 18, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had issued notice to the Centre over its plan to deport the Rohingya immigrants, who are residing in various parts of India.

The Rohingyas, who fled to India after violence in the Western Rakhine State of Myanmar, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had said in Parliament on August 9 that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingyas, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in India. He had said that around 40,000 Rohingyas were staying in India illegally.

In a communication to all states, the Union home ministry had said the rise of terrorism in last few decades has become a serious concern for most nations as illegal migrants are prone to getting recruited by terrorist organisations.

To identify and deport illegally-staying foreign nationals, the Centre had directed the state governments to set up a task force at district level.

PTI

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