The Supreme Court Friday deferred to January next year the hearing on pleas seeking to restrain the Centre from deporting over 40,000 Rohingya immigrants back to Myanmar.
The Rohingya people, who fled to India after violence in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar, are settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.
“Let the matter be listed for final disposal in the month of January, 2019,” a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul said.
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The bench was hearing three PILs filed by two Rohingya immigrants — Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir — and Zaffar Ullah and Harsh Mander on the issue.
They have challenged the government’s decision to deport the Rohingya immigrants back to Myanmar and condemned the pitiable conditions at the camps for them here.
Earlier, the apex court had cleared the hurdles, leading to the first ever deportation of seven illegally-migrated Rohingya people staying in Assam to Myanmar by dismissing the plea that had sought to thwart the government’s move.
The top court had said those Rohingya people were convicted by the competent court under the Foreigners Act and held to be illegal immigrants.
Prior to this, it had appointed the area sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) concerned as nodal officers, who could be approached by the Rohingya immigrants living at Kalindi Kunj in Delhi and Mewat in Haryana with grievances related to healthcare, water, sanitation and education.
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