New Delhi, Oct 4 : The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to interfere in the Centre’s decision to deport seven Rohingya immigrants, who had been staying in Assam illegally, to their country Myanmar.
The Centre said that Myanmar had accepted the refugees as its citizens and agreed to take them back.
“They were found to be illegal immigrants and their country of origin, Myanmar, has recognised them as Myanmar citizens,” Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said while hearing a plea seeking a restraint on the deportation of the Rohingya refugees.
“We are not inclined to interfere on the decision taken,” the SC said. The bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph had passed the order.
The Assam Police had detained the immigrants on July 29, 2012, for violating the Foreigners Act, and have been under detention in Cachar Central Jail in Silchar district since then.
As per a Home Ministry official, the seven Rohingyas will be handed over to Myanmar authorities at Moreh border post in Manipur on Thursday. The immigrants’ identity was confirmed by the Myanmar diplomats, who were given the consular access.
On Wednesday, the police sent the seven men, who are from Myanmar’s Rakhine state, to the border in Manipur.
The illegal immigrants to be deported today have been identified are – Mohbul Khan, Md Jamal, Md Yonus, Jamal Hussain, Sabir Ahmed, Rahim Uddin and Md Salam.
In 2017, the Indian government had informed Parliament that more than 14,000 Rohingyas, who are registered with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, stay in India.