Supreme Court Tells Assam Citizens' List Officials To Be Fair

Supreme Court Tells Assam Citizens

Supreme Court Tells Assam Citizens' List Officials To Be Fair 

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today told officers handling the Assam citizens' list to be accurate instead of rushing through verifying people to meet the July 31 deadline after which the final list will be published.

The National Register of Citizens or NRC is being updated for the first time since 1951 to account for illegal migration into Assam from neighbouring Bangladesh.

"There are disturbing reports in the media. The media is not always wrong. Reports say how complaints are being dealt with. Hearing of objections has to be done in a proper manner," said a bench of the top court headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, a day after reports said a retired soldier from Assam, who served in the Army for 30 years, was declared a foreigner by the state police.

The Supreme Court said officers involved in checking documents in the NRC exercise should be "fair" and not "cut short fair hearing". "Just because the deadline (till July 31) for publishing the (final) NRC list is approaching, it doesn't mean cut short and complete the process. If media reports are to be believed, it is not being done properly. Please ensure proper hearing of objections," said Chief Justice Gogoi said.