Supreme Court seeks Centre’s response on Rohingyas

Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India, File Photo

New Delhi, Jan 31: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought the central government’s response on a plea that the BSF was stopping Rohingya refugees from entering India.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud sought the response as counsel Prashant Bhushan complained that the Border Security Force was preventing them from crossing the Myanmar border by “sprinkling chilli powder”, news agency IANS reported.

Appearing for the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta urged the bench that it should not interfere in the matter as the “constitutionally empowered executive was seized of the matter and the diplomatic process is on to deal with the situation”.

Senior counsel Gopal Subramanium, Appearing for the National Human Rights Commission, initially told the apex court that he was in agreement with what Mehta was saying and that the NHRC was only concerned with the Rohingyas present in India.

The next hearing of the matter scheduled to be held on March 7.


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