SILCHAR: A foreigners’ tribunal member in Assam has requested the state coordinator of National Register of Citizens (NRC) not to intrude within the functioning of the quasi-judicial our bodies that are empowered to determine questions on citizenship and declare an individual as foreigner.
This follows a current round by the state NRC coordinator Hitesh Dev Sharma asking members of foreigners’ tribunals (FTs) throughout the state not to take into account draft NRC and its supplementary checklist as dependable proof for disposal of instances.
On April 18, Sharma issued letters to FT members claiming that there are errors within the NRC checklist revealed earlier due to fallacious information entry within the strategy of updating. “Since the Registrar General of Citizens Registration (RGCR) hasn’t declared NRC as final and there are errors, things may change when Final NRC gets published,” Sharma wrote.
On May 10, an FT member (who didn’t need to disclose his identify to the media) wrote a letter to Sharma and talked about that the ultimate NRC was revealed in compliance with the varied orders and judgments of the Supreme Court handed in WP(C) 274/2009 and as per clause 7 of the Citizenship Rules 2003 and notified by RGCR as per Rule 4A(3) of the Citizenship Rules.
“On the day of Final Publication of NRC on 31.08.2019 a press communiqué was issued by your predecessor in office, the then State Coordinator, NRC Assam, Prateek Hajela whereby it was clear that the published NRC is Final NRC,” he wrote. HT has seen a duplicate of the letter.
According to the member, NRC lists revealed until date (together with draft NRC, further draft and supplementary checklist), can be found on-line and instantly accessible by frequent folks. In the official web site, the checklist is talked about as Final NRC. The printed copies of these can be found at NRC Seva Kendras and district-level workplaces of NRC Assam.
“Therefore, saying the Final NRC published under the supervision of the Supreme Court and Notification of RGCR as not final is direct in contrast with the available records and orders of the Apex Court. The state coordinator suggested that the published list may change further as per Clause 4(3) of the Schedule of the Citizenship Rules 2003 before so-called Final Publication, which may attract contempt of court,” the letter stated.
“The State Coordinator cannot propagate his wrong understanding of law, rules, notifications and orders of the Supreme Court about finality of NRC in Assam. We advised him, he should withdraw his letter and stop interfering in the lawful functioning of the Foreigners Tribunals which is beyond your jurisdiction and limits of power,” the FT choose added.
In September final year, an FT member in Assam’s Karimganj district declared a uncertain migrant as Indian, whereas observing that his members of the family have been a part of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) revealed on August 31, 2019, which it referred to because the Final NRC.
According to the house and political division of Assam, there are 100 foreigners’ tribunals functioning within the state. Judges and advocates are appointed because the members of FT below the Foreigners Tribunal Act, 1941 and Foreigners Tribunal ORDER 1964 as per the rules issued by the central authorities.