- A Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton Nariman shot down fears expressed
- The first draft is to be published after scrutinising the claims of citizenship of 2.38 crore
Guwahati: The Supreme Court is in front standing by its order directing the government and the authorities to publish the first draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam by December 31, 2017, the report said.
As per sources, a Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton Nariman shot down fears expressed by the Centre that a volatile situation may arise if the draft NRC was published on or before December 31. The first draft is to be published after scrutinising the claims of citizenship of 2.38 crore persons in the northeastern State.
According to Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal, reservations about publishing the draft NRC when lakhs of claims for civil registration were still under scrutiny. At a hearing on December 15, the top law officer said there could be a law and order situation in the State but the court dismissed the apprehensions, saying NRC was an ongoing process and the remaining claims if cleared, could be part of a second NRC draft, it added.
The Supreme Court is hearing a writ petition filed by Assam Public Works (APW) in July 2009 for identification of Bangladeshi foreigners in the State and deletion of their names from the voters’ list.