Why additional documents required for inclusion in NRC draft list : Supreme Court to NRC co-ordinator

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New Delhi, Aug 28 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought a detailed report from the NRC co-ordinator, Prateek Hajela, as to why those who want to be included in the NRC draft list have to give fresh additional documents.

The bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton Fali Nariman directed the Assam state co-ordinator Prateek Hajela to submit the report by September 4.

The apex court also ordered re-verification of 10 per cent of people excluded from draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. The court said that the re-verification will be a sample survey for its satisfaction.

Out of 3.29 crore applicants, 2.89 crore were found eligible for inclusion in the complete draft of NRC, that was released last month. The names of 40.07 lakh applicants did not find a place in the historic document, touted to be a proof of Assamese identity.

The Supreme Court sought a report on the ramifications, including advantages and disadvantages, of giving another opportunity to the 40 lakh people who were not included in the final draft of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Fixing the next hearing for September 5, the top court made it clear that the report should to be submitted to the court alone.

The court said the date for the commencement of receiving claims and objections, which at present is August 30, has to be postponed.

It directed Hajela to specify the time required to complete the verification process on the basis of claims and objections from those left out of the draft NRC.

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