New Delhi: “India cannot be the refugee capital of the world”, the Centre and the Assam government said in the Supreme Court Friday while seeking the extension its July 31 deadline to finalise the National Register of Citizens to verify wrongful inclusions and exclusions in the NRC.The top court agreed to hear the pleas of both the governments for deliberation on July 23 to conduct a sample re-verification process to quell a growing perception that many illegal immigrants may have infiltrated the NRC especially in districts bordering Bangladesh. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayA special bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman had fixed July 31 as the deadline for publication of the final list of the NRC and had reiterated that it will not be extended. Both the governments said that they are allowed to undertake verification of 20 per cent random samples of citizens for wrongful inclusions or exclusions in the NRC. The bench took note of the submissions of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and the state government, that several lakhs people have been wrongfully included in the NRC, especially in districts bordering Bangladesh due to the involvement of local officers in the massive exercise. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat”Please extend the deadline for publication of final Assam NRC from July 31 to a future date. There is a growing perception that many exclusions and many more inclusions have been made wrongly,” the solicitor general said. “India cannot be the refugee capital of the world,” he said, adding there was a need to re-look the draft NRC list through sample verification. At the outset, the law officer said that although Assam NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela has done “excellent work”, it has been seen on the ground that wrongful exclusions and many inclusions have been reported in some districts. “Hajela’s report says while disposing of claims (of those who were excluded in draft NRC), 80 lakh names have been re-verified. So there is no need for a sample re-verification. If we are satisfied that verification has been done properly, then there is no need for a sample re-verification, is it,” the bench asked.
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