SC seeks Assam explanation of accusations of communal statements by the NRC state coordinator

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court requested an explanation on Monday of the accusation the NRC state coordinator was making.

He shouldn't be saying all this. You (the Assam government) have to explain this. Whatever you want (say), observed a bank headed by the president of Supreme Court S A Bobde after a principal defender Kapil Sibal He drew attention to the alleged statement made by the state.

The bank heard the petition filed by an NGO that also requested the removal of the NRC state coordinator, Hitesh Dev Sarma.

The NGO said the comments of the new state coordinator were against the Bengali Muslims and the Rohingyas.

Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Government, said the NRC's exercise in the state has been completed and that there is no paper left for the state coordinator.

Several other petitions related to the NRC have been filed in Assam and the bank issued notices to the Center and the state government and sought a response within four weeks.

A petition was also heard stating that about 60 children had been excluded from the NRC but their parents had been granted citizenship through the NRC.

Attorney General K K Venugopal and Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Center and the Assam government, said those children will not be separated from their parents.

Venugopal said: I cannot conceive that children are sent to detention centers and separated from their families. Children whose parents have obtained citizenship will not be sent to detention centers.

The bank, which also includes Judges BR Gavai and Surya Kant, said: KK Venugopal, Attorney General of India, declares that the children of parents who have been granted citizenship through NRC will not be separated from their parents and sent to the detention center in Assam pending decision of this application.

The trial court accepted the request of the Attorney General requesting four weeks of time to submit a response to the request filed through the lawyer Aparna Bhat.

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