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PIL challenges bid to deport Rohingyas

NEW DELHI: At a time when many countries are facing difficulties due to the surge of Refugees, the Supreme Court decided to take up a PIL challenging the Centre’s decision to identify and deport thousands of Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar.

Appearing for two Delhibased Rohingya Muslims – Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, both residing at Madanpur Khadar -advocate Prashant Bhushan said such a move would be unconstitutional as the SC had time and again ruled, as in the case of Chakma refugees, that it was the cardinal duty of the Union government to protect refugees who leave their own country because of persecution at the hands of state authorities.

When Bhushan said many of approximately 40,000 Rohingya Muslims residing in India were registered with the UN High Com missioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and they would face certain death on being deported to Myanmar, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud agreed to list the PIL for hearing on Monday.

Shaqir crossed into India in 2011 and Salimullah a year later, both entering West Bengal. They cited a news report about MoS for home Kiren Rijiju telling Parliament in early August that Centre had directed states to deport illegal immigrants.

Source : timesofindia

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PIL challenges bid to deport Rohingyas


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