Court may be moved for an interim order, says MHA

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New Delhi [India], October 14: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday said that in case of contingency, the petitioner Nariman in the Rohingya deportation case may move the court for an appropriate interim order.

While speaking to ANI, senior advocate of Supreme Court, Aishwarya Bhati said, “Court has not passed any order, simply recorded the statement of Nariman who appeared for the petitioner. While adjourning Rohingyas Deportation Case, the Supreme Court simply recorded the statement of the learned Counsel for the petitioner to the effect that in case of any contingency he may move the Court for appropriate interim order.”

“Initially court felt they would like to pass an interim relief order but ASG stood up and contested…The ASG said this is not even a prayer made by the petitioner. CJI observed that on one hand, there is humanitarian ground and at the same time there is national security interest,” she said.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court granted more time to all parties, in connection with the Rohingya deportation case, to argue and posted the matter for further hearing till November 21.

The apex court, while hearing the submissions and arguments observed that national importance could not be secondary and at the same time, the human rights issue of these immigrants should be kept in mind.

The top court observed that no deportation of any Rohingya refugees should take place, till the next date of hearing – November 21.

“We have to strike a balance,” the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said.

The CJI also observed that it was an issue of great magnitude and therefore, the state had a bigger role. Also, this was not an ordinary case, as the issue involved human rights as well.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tusshar Mehta, arguing for the Central government, told the three-judge bench of the apex court that this was an issue involving international ramifications.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra heard the petitions. The bench also comprised of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud.

The plea, filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, claimed they had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence, and bloodshed against the community there.

Many of those, who had fled to India after the earlier spate of violence, are settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR, and Rajasthan.


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