Home Ministry is trying to ‘destroy’ NRC process: SC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday lashed out at the Centre after Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal urged the court to allow the NRC work to be kept in abeyance during the Lok Sabha election, observing that the Ministry of Home Affairs had been attempting to undermine “the Assam NRC process from the very beginning.” The Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Nariman reacted angrily after Mr. Venugopal sought to impress on the court the requirement for redeploying 167 companies of Central armed police forces, currently engaged in the NRC work, to other parts of the country during the general election. Explaining that about 2,700 companies were needed to maintain law and order across the country, and given that the election was anticipated to be held in a “highly surcharged atmosphere,” the Attorney-General said conducting the NRC work simultaneously would prove difficult. “We have noticed this from the Ministry of Home Affairs — you do not want the NRC work to carry on at any cost,” Justice Gogoi said. “For that you are coming up with all kinds of excuses… All your efforts have been from the beginning to destroy the NRC process.” Addressing the government, Justice Gogoi said, “If you want the NRC work to go on, there are a thousand and one ways for the Government of India to do it… Do you want us to call the Union Home Secretary here? “You have 3,000 companies of Central armed police forces… You need 2,700 companies for the election. The NRC work requires 167 companies. So what is the problem,” he asked.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/home-ministry-is-trying-to-destroy-nrc-process-sc/article26189184.ece

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