Indian SC halts Rohingya deportation till 21 Nov

The Supreme Court will today hear a plea challenging the

However, it also allowed petitioners to approach it in case of any contingency.

" As a Constitutional court, we can not be oblivious to the plight of women, children", said SC.

In the matter, the Senior Advocate, Prashant Bhushan, appearing from the petitioner side, said "the court has ordered the government not to deport any Rohingya Muslims till it decides on the matter".

The court said, "We have to strike a balance". It is not an ordinary case. "A balance must be maintained between national interest and humanitarian duties", the court observed. "The issue involves human rights of many", as per ANI.

The top court had earlier heard the centre insist that the court must not entertain the petition from two Rohingya Muslims against sending them back and called the 40,000-odd "Rohingya immigrants" in India as a threat to national security.

Another Rohingya refugee then filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court denying the Indian government's claims that the Muslim community from Myanmar has terror links with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Islamic State.

The UN's human rights chief has criticised India's decision as lacking "basic human compassion". The Indian government is seeking to deport them, saying some of them may be linked to militant groups based outside of the country.

In an affidavit filed in the apex court registry, the NDA government said the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country is available to citizens only and illegal refugees can not invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to enforce the right.

"India's stated policy position in worldwide fora and as mentioned throughout in policy statements and notifications, has been to recognise the distinction between refugees who are forced out for their countries due to persecution and illegal migrants who come in search of economic prospects", he said.

The home ministry also directed the state governments to set up a task force at district level to identify and deport "illegally-staying foreign nationals".

Since August 25, around 4 lakh Rohingyas have fled the country and a lot of them are living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

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