Assam NRC: SC asks Centre whether those left out are getting a second chance

• The Supreme Court asked the Union government whether it is giving the over 40 lakh people, excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, a ‘second chance’ to gain citizenship by allowing them to produce fresh documents to prove their Indian legacy.

• The court was referring to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) proposed by the government, which allows a claimant for Indian citizenship to ‘change his legacy’ by submitting additional documents at the ‘claims and objections’ stage. The court asked whether this would amount to ‘re-doing the claims’ of those left out from the draft NRC published on July 30.

• Besides, the Bench pointed out, the government, in the beginning, had specified that documents on legacy would be allowed to be filed only once. Now, it has changed track to permit additional documents to be filed.

• The court directed Assam State NRC Coordinator to file a report on the ramifications of the government’s proposal to submit fresh documents.

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