Supreme Court Must Not Interfere in Rohingya Case, says Centre

Team SoOLEGAL 1 Feb 2018 10:42am

Supreme Court Must Not Interfere in Rohingya Case, says Centre

During the hearing on Rohingya Muslims refugee crisis, on Wednesday, the Centre told SC “India cannot become the refugee capital of the world”.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), however, said that Rohingya immigrants’ right to education and healthcare must be protected.

A bench of the Supreme Court, consisting of the Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, is hearing a bunch of petitions filed by and on behalf of Rohingya immigrants.

Appearing for NHRC, senior advocate Gopal Subramanium told the SC bench that “The government must protect the rights of Rohingya refugees in India, including access of their children to schools and other facilities.”

Subramanium further said, "Refugees all over the world have got this right and the Indian Supreme Court has been sensitive enough not to apply a lower standard for refugees".

The rights body had earlier opposed the Centre's August 8 circular for identification and deportation of illegal Rohingya immigrants.

On October 13, a SC bench headed by the Chief Justice Dipak Misra, had told the government that it would like to inspect the Rohingya's plea without undermining the Centre's concern about the security threat posed by the illegal immigrants to India.

Representing the petitioners, Advocate Prashant Bhushan demanded that the court must intervene and direct the Centre not to stop entry of more refugees, as they face persecution by Myanmarese forces

"The BSF must be ordered to stop pushing back Rohingya refugees and allow them to enter India," he said.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on Bhushan’s submission said, "We do not want India to become the refugee capital of the world. I am not sure if it is time to throw our gates open to each and every refugee to come and stay in India. There are security concerns and let the matter be handled by the executive."

Mehta asserted that since government is attempting to solve the Rohingya issue through diplomatic efforts, there was no need for the Supreme Court to interfere in the matter.

The next hearing on the matter is on March 7. 

Tagged: Rohingya Muslims   Rohingya Case   National Human Rights Commission   CJI Dipak Misra   Supreme Court  
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