This Article is From Jul 04, 2019

Top Court To Hear Plea On Deportation Of Illegal Immigrants, Rohingyas

The plea has also favoured the Centre's stand to identify and deport to Myanmar around 40,000 illegal Rohingya Muslims staying here.

Top Court To Hear Plea On Deportation Of Illegal Immigrants, Rohingyas

A Supreme Court bench said the matter would be listed for hearing on July 9. (FILE PHOTO)

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking identification and deportation of all illegal immigrants and infiltrators including Bangladesh nationals and Rohingyas.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta took note of submission of lawyer and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ashwini Upadhyay that his plea, which was filed in 2017, be listed for an urgent hearing. 

"It would be listed for hearing on July 9," the bench, which also comprised Justice Deepak Gupta, said. 

Mr Upadhyay, in his plea, has also favoured the Centre's stand to identify and deport to Myanmar around 40,000 illegal Rohingya Muslims staying here.

The plea has sought a direction to the Centre and the state governments to identify, detain and deport all illegal migrants and infiltrators, including Bangladesh nationals and Rohingyas.

"The large-scale illegal migrants, particularly from Myanmar and Bangladesh, have not only threatened the demographic structure of bordering districts but have seriously impaired the security and national integration, particularly in the present circumstances," the plea said.

The plea alleged there was an organised influx of illegal immigrants from Myanmar through agents and touts facilitating illegal immigrants Rohingyas via Benapole-Haridaspur and Hilli (West Bengal), Sonamora (Tripura), Kolkata and Guwahati.

"This situation is seriously harming the national security of the country," it said.

The top court is also seized of a separate plea of two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, and the plea said that Rohingyas had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.

Former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya had also moved the Supreme Court seeking to intervene in the pending PIL filed by Rohingyas.

He had opposed the plea of two Rohingya refugees saying they are a burden on country''s resources and pose a serious threat to national security.