Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Challenges Assam NRC Coordinator’s Order On ‘Doubtful Voters’, Questions His Integrity

The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind has challenged in the Supreme Court an order of the Assam State Coordinator for the National Register of Citizenship (NRC). They have also pointed out that he has been in the headlines for provocative remarks against a particular community and demanded how a person with “questionable integrity” can issue such an order.

As per the order, Hitesh Dev Sarma has directed district commissioners (DCs) of Assam to delete 10,000 names of “ineligible persons” from the final list of NRC. The Jamiat is of the view that the order, issued on October 13, is arbitrary and contrary to the apex court’s directives.

In the order, Sarma explained that “some names of ineligible persons” — persons declared as a foreigner by Foreigners Tribunals (DF), persons marked as Doubtful Voters (DV) by the election officials or persons whose cases are pending at Foreigners Tribunals (PFTs) and their descendants — “found entry to the NRC”.

As per the laws governing the preparation of the NRC, persons falling in the above categories need to be kept out of the NRC.

With regard to D-voters, the Jamiat has already filed an appeal with the Supreme Court praying that voters of such category should be kept on hold. But the NRC Coordinator for Assam has taken the plea that D-voters can’t be kept on hold because they are foreigners, hence their names should be removed.

Besides approaching the apex court, the Jamiat has also taken to task Sarma, the State Coordinator, who, according to the Jamiat, has become a controversial figure because of his statements. Jamiat’s contention was that Sarma was not an impartial person. He has been in the headlines for provocative remarks against a particular community. The Supreme Court had issued notice to the Centre as well as the Assam government in this regard. The apex court is yet to receive the replies. “How can such a person of questionable integrity issue an order like this,” the Jamiat asked through a press release.

Advocate Fuzail Ayyubi, through whom the Jamiat has approached the apex court, said the State Coordinator’s order was “misconceived”. Talking to Clarion India, he said the Supreme Court has monitored the entire exercise of NRC in Assam through the State Coordinator. The State Coordinator acted in accordance with the rules as well as the guidance provided by the Supreme Court.

The NRC, published in August last year- criticised for being “anti-poor” and subsequently “anti-muslim” due to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that aimed to further filter-out citizens and “foreigners” on the basis of religion, excluded 19 lakh applicants out of around 3.3 crore applicants.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Written By

Rushda Fathima Khan is the Staff Reporter for The Cognate.

You May Also Like

News

A four-person delegation of Indian Muslims for Progress and Reforms (IMPAR) met Union Minister of Environment, Industry and Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on...

Opinion

Delhi Pogrom was a state-sponsored attack on Muslims of northeast Delhi that took place last year on 23rd February as armed Hindu mobs, that...

News

In an attempt to impart secondary level education to Madrasa students Jamiat Ulema-E-Hind has established ‘Jamiat Open School’ on the lines of the National...

Opinion

We may be remembering massacres in the wrong order. Every time we do, whether it be Gujarat or Muzaffarnagar or Moradabad, we remember Muslims...