Govt keep-off signal to court

The Centre today stressed the need to avoid any court interference in the Rohingya deportation plan, saying it was essentially "an executive function" involving national security.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 14.10.17
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New Delhi, Oct. 13: The Centre today stressed the need to avoid any court interference in the Rohingya deportation plan, saying it was essentially "an executive function" involving national security.

"The Centre is of the opinion that the deportation of illegal immigrants has to be dealt with only by the central government because it is essentially an executive function," Union home ministry spokesperson Ashok Prasad said.

The statement followed the Supreme Court's observation today that the Rohingya crisis was "an issue of great magnitude" and its hope the Centre would not deport the migrants until it had resolved the issue.

"Questions regarding illegal immigrants need to be examined keeping in mind diplomatic considerations, the internal security situation, demographic changes and duties of the central government towards its own citizens. It is, therefore, desirable that these issues ought to be handled by the policy-making function of the executive," Prasad said.

He stressed that the court had not stayed the deportation plan. "The Supreme Court has merely recorded the statement of the learned counsel for the petitioner (some Rohingya migrants) to the effect that in case of any contingency, he can move the court for an appropriate interim order... the matter has been posted to November 21."

Another home ministry official also pointed out that there was no decision by the court for or against the government. "Hence, the MHA (ministry) circular to the states and the MHA's stand have been vindicated."

The ministry had sent the circular to all states in August to identify and deport Rohingya, dubbing them illegal immigrants who pose a grave security challenge "as they could be recruited by terror groups".

UP action

The Yogi Adityanath government has asked police to identify and deport all illegal migrants in Uttar Pradesh without permission or any valid document to prove their citizenship, reports our special correspondent in Lucknow.

The chief minister issued the order yesterday. Sources said Adityanath ordered officials to immediately start a survey across the state to identify such people and send them back to their countries.

Adityanath had last month described the Rohingya in India as intruders. "They are linked to terrorist organisations. It is unfortunate that some people are showing their concern for them as a large number of Hindus have been killed in Myanmar," Adityanath had said.