Supreme Court of India said there will be no forceful action against over 40 lakh people, whose names do not figure in Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) by the authorities. About the deciding claims and objections arising out of the publication of the draft NRC, the top court asked to formulate modalities and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) including timelines.
A bench of justices including Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman said:
“This court would like to observe that what has been published is only a complete draft NRC, which naturally being a draft cannot be a basis for any coercive action by any authority,”
The bench asked the government to submit the modalities and SOPs before it for approval within August 16. To draft NRC, the local registrar is first required to issue a notice to file claim and objections under the rules.
The draft NRC will be made available to them through seva kendras till August 7.
The bench added:
“You do whatever you like. At this moment, we would not like to comment. You do it, then we will examine it. Our silence is not a symbol of agreement nor assurance,”