Strike balance between national and humanitarian interest, SC on Rohingya issue
The Supreme Court on Friday told the centre to strike a balance between national and human interest. While almost directing the centre not to deport the Rohingya Muslims from the country, the bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra said that a balance needs to be struck.
The court said that the state should not be oblivious to facts. The Bench said that national and economic interests are important while dealing with humanitarian issues. The court said our constitutional ethos makes us lean sympathetically towards humanitarian issues.
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.
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.
Appearing for the Rohingya Muslims, senior counsel, Fali S Nariman said that it is not clear why the NDA government changed its generally accommodative policy towards refugees when it came to Rohingyas.
Nariman however said in lighter vein, " I am the original refugee from Burma. I came from British Burma to British India," he also said.