Supreme Court slams MHA for causing delays in Assam NRC process

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New Delhi, Feb 5: The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for causing delays in the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) process.

A bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman also refused to extend the deadline beyond July 31.

“MHA doesn’t want the NRC to carry on and every time it comes up with different stories to destroy this process”, the Court said.

Expressing anguish, the Court stated central government is hell-bent on not allowing Assam NRC process to go on.

The Centre’s request was to put NRC updation work on hold till the completion of the upcoming general elections in order to relieve 167 companies of central armed police forces.

Poll schedule is yet to be anounced by the Election Commission.

“Is it too much to ask that Lok Sabha polls and NRC work should go on simultaneously and peacefully?”, the CJI asked Attorney General K K Venugopal.

The apex court directed the Election Commission to consider exempting certain state officers from election duty to ensure that the NRC process continues.

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