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Assam NRC: Supreme Court Seeks Stakeholders’ Responses in 14 days

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KEY NRC DOCUMENTS

* Land documents like Registered Sale Deed, Records of land rights up to 24th March 1971 (midnight).
* Permanent Residential Certificate issued from outside the State up to 24th March 1971 (midnight)
* Passport issued by the Government of India up to 24th March 1971 (midnight)
* Life Insurance Corporation of India Insurance Policy (LICI) of the relevant period up to 24th March 1971 (midnight)
* Any license/certificate issued by any Government authority of relevant period i.e. up to 24th March 1971 (midnight)
* Document showing service/employment under Government/Public Sector undertaking up to 24th March 1971 (midnight)
* Bank/Post Office Accounts of relevant period i.e. up to 24th March 1971 (midnight)
* Birth Certificates issued by the competent authority up to 24th March 1971 (midnight)
* Educational certificate issued by Board/Universities up to 24th March 1971 (midnight)
* Records/processes pertaining to court up to 24th March 1971 (midnight) provided they are part of a processing in a Judicial or Revenue Court.

Our Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Sept 5: The Supreme Court of India has chosen ten identity proof documents for the verification of the around 40.7 lakh applicants excluded from the complete draft NRC, and asked all stakeholders in the case to let their views known on the documents within two weeks. The Court has fixed its next hearing of the case on September 19, 2018, till when receiving applications for claims and objections will stand deferred.

The bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman heard the NRC case on Wednesday. The bench picked up the ten documents suggested by State NRC Co-ordinator Prateek Hajela for dealing with the claims of over 40 lakh people left out of the final draft NRC, for their inclusion in the list.

Earlier, Hajela stated that 10 of the 15 documents under List ‘A’ (list of legacy documents admissible) can be relied upon/introduced afresh by any claimant following his/her claim for inclusion in the NRC subject to the authenticity of the said documents being certified by the relevant issuing authority. The apex court then asked all stakeholders, including the Government of India, to indicate their views on the ten documents within two weeks.

During Wednesday’s hearing, on behalf of the AAMSU and the State Jamiat advocates Kapil Sibal and Salman Khurshid raised the issue of standard operating procedure (SOP). The bench, however, silenced them by asking for their views on the ten chosen documents first.

The bench refused to give Attorney General KK Venugopal any copy of the report submitted by Hajela to the Court in a sealed cover. As the Attorney General repeatedly urged the Court to give the government a copy of the report carrying 15 suggested documents, Justice Gogoi then said: “The Attorney General has sought the report of the State Coordinator of NRC… At this stage, we are of the view that what we have indicated in our order is sufficient.”

Besides the Centre, the Court has also sought the response of other stakeholders, including Assam Public Works, Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha, National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Progressive), Indigenous Tribal Peoples Federation, All Assam Bhojpuri Parishad, Joint Action Committee for Bengali Refugees, All Assam Minorities Students’ Union (AAMSU) and Jamait Ulama-i-Hind.