Rohingya refugees deportation: Centre will file affidavit in SC on Sep 18, says Rajnath Singh

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had sought the Centre's stand on a petition challenging its decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 15, 2017 12:28 pm
Rohingyas, Rohingya muslims, india Rohingyas, India ROhinga muslims, Rakhine state, Rajnath Singh, Bangladesh ROhingya Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (PTI Photo)

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the Centre will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court on September 18 regarding its decision on deporting illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar, reported ANI. The home minister’s statement comes a day after the Ministry of Home Affairs denied filing any affidavit on the issue. The Central Agency section in the apex court, where the affidavits are filed, had on Thursday clarified that there was a mix up as it had inadvertently served an ‘unfinalised’ copy of the affidavit on the petitioner.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had sought the Centre’s stand on a petition challenging its decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar. The matter had come up before a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud which asked Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to take instruction from the Centre on its response to the petition which has challenged the decision on various grounds including that it violated international human right conventions. Also Read: Supreme Court seeks Centre’s stand on plea challenging Rohingyas’ deportation

Nearly three weeks into a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar, thousands were still flooding across the border in
search of help and safety in teeming refugee settlements in Bangladesh. Bangladesh, which is facing a big influx of Rohingyas from Myanmar, has called on the international community to intervene and put pressure on Myanmar to address the exodus.

Meanwhile, responding to Bangladesh’s call for help, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar earlier this week sanctioned supply of humanitarian assistance to Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. On Thursday, India rushed at least 53 tonnes of relief materials to the country and pledged all help to Dhaka in tackling the humanitarian crisis after nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees fled to the country from Myanmar following the ethnic violence in the Buddhist-majority nation. The Indian mission had tweet on Thursday: “Operation Insaniyat: High Commission handed over 1st consignment humanitarian assistance by India to Bangladesh.” Also Read: Here is how various refugee communities have fared in India

The Ministry of External Affairs had said in a statement: “In response to the humanitarian crisis being faced on account of the large influx of refugees into Bangladesh, Government of India has decided to extend assistance to Bangladesh.” The relief material consists of items required urgently by the affected people, namely rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready to eat noodles, biscuits, mosquito nets, tents etc. Also Read: India rushes relief materials for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

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    Muniandi
    Sep 16, 2017 at 9:30 pm
    We can Rohingya people , if they are normal people. They are innocent and VULNERABLE TO PROPAGANDA BY TERRORIST. They are so innocent and uneducated, a terrorist from Pakistan can conver 1000s of them in one hour. They will all become terrorists and start killing Indians. SO WHY TO NURTURE COBRAS AND GET KILLED. COBRAS DO NOT HAVE BRAIN, AND SO THE INNOCENT ROHINGYAS.
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      Contrarian
      Sep 16, 2017 at 3:47 pm
      Who the is the Supreme Court to question policy decisions of an elected government? Unless the cons ution is violated and that too with respect to Indian citizens, no court should interfere or ask for explanations from the government.
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        Lovely
        Sep 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm
        National Security is above everything. If you can not deport them RELOCATE them to safe and secured place under joint UN and Indian forces do-Burma -Bangladesh border is best place. In any case they are burdensome. Morally and legally accepting Rohingiyya Muslim is against security interest. Moreover, they have 57 Islamic countries to look after them.Already their population is multiplying.
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          Muniandi
          Sep 16, 2017 at 9:33 pm
          best thing India can do now is to give few crores of rupees to Bangladesh and ask them to take care of their community, rohingyas. So we will be helping the poor rohingyas and at the same time will not take the risk of keeping them in India. They are all POTENTIAL TERRORISTS AND LIVE BOMBS.
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          Raj V
          Sep 16, 2017 at 6:54 am
          India already has a burden in the form of Bangladesh and Srilanka refugees, who have not returned back due to many reasons. Request nations like Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Egypt Turkey to come forward to take these refugees into their fold.
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            samir
            Sep 15, 2017 at 9:44 pm
            Islam teaches to help the refugees and take care of the oppressed and cuted people dia is the land of diversity dian citizens should show sympathy for humanity and help for temporary settlement of Rohingya Muslims till the issues are solved dian Government should hold talks with Burmese Government to make peace with Rohingya Muslims.Now dians should speak of Buddhists Terrorism.
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