NEW DELHI: The SC on Monday sought the Centre’s response to a PIL seeking to restrain the Union government from taking steps to identify and deport nearly 40,000 Rohingya Muslims, who have fled Myanmar to escape state-sponsored persecution.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also sought responses from the National Human Rights Commission and the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in India.
However, it refused to take up another similar petition, representing nearly 6,000 Rohingyas living in Jammu & Kashmir. Quoting a news agency report, the petitioners — Delhi-based Rohingya Muslims Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir — through advocate Prashant Bhushan claimed that minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju had told Parliament in August that the Centre had directed state authorities to identify and deport the estimated 40,000 Rohingyas in India, despite the threat they face in their home country and the fact that around 16,500 Rohingyas had registered with the UNHCR in India. Shaqir crossed into India in 2011 and Salimullah a year later, both entering West Bengal.