New Delhi, Oct 13, 2017: The Supreme Court of India on Friday told the Centre to be sensitive to the plight of Rohingya Muslims and urged it to strike a balance between human rights and national security when it comes to dealing with refugees in the country.
Saying that the court can’t be oblivious to plight of innocent kids and women, the SC pitched for a balancing act and said there are various issues to consider.
During the hearing, it also observed that no Rohingya refugees should be deported until the next date of hearing in the case. It granted more time to all the parties to argue and posted the matter for further hearing on November 21.
The top court further elucidated that national security is an important issue and cannot be secondary, but at the same time, human rights of Rohingyas should be kept in mind.
Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, arguing on behalf of the Centre, told 3-judge bench of SC “this is an issue involving international ramifications”
The Centre has argued that there are credible intelligence inputs against the Rohingya have terror links. The Centre has said that it is not only an issue of national security but also of diplomacy and hence the Supreme Court must not intervene in the policy decision of deportation under Article 32 of the Constitution.