SC orders govt to submit data of Bangladeshi immigrants in Assam

SC orders govt to submit data of Bangladeshi immigrants in Assam

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked the central government to collect data on the number of Bangladeshi immigrants who acquired Indian citizenship in Assam between January 1, 1966 and March 25, 1971.
The order was given on Thursday (December 07) by a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud.
The Supreme Court bench was hearing a batch of 17 petitions to inquire into the constitutionality of Section 6A of the Citizenship Act relating to illegal Bangladeshi migrants in Assam.

The Supreme Court asked the Assam government to provide the Centre with the relevant data at the earliest so that the union government could file an affidavit in the matter at the court by December 11.

“We are of the considered view that it would be necessary for the central government to provide databased disclosures to the court,” the Supreme Court bench stated.

The apex court further noted that the affidavit to be filed by the central government should deal with the number of Bangladeshi immigrants, who were granted Indian citizenship under section 6A of the citizenship act between January 1, 1966 and March 25, 1971.

“How many persons have been detected to be foreigners under the Foreigners Tribunals Order 1964 with reference to the above period?” the Supreme Court bench asked.

Notably, section 6A was inserted in the citizenship act as a special provision to deal with the citizenship of people covered under the Assam Accord.

specified territories, including Bangladesh, in accordance with the Citizenship Act amended in 1985, and since then are residents of the Northeast state, must register themselves under section 18 for acquiring Indian citizenship.

As a result, the provision fixes March 25, 1971 as the cut-off date for granting citizenship to Bangladeshi migrants in Assam.

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