Assam NRC: Supreme Court fixes December 15 as deadline for filing claims for inclusion of names in NRC
With the extension of the deadline, the court has set January 15, 2019 as the last date for the authorities to issue its notice. The verification of the documents will begin on February 1, 2019.
The Supreme Court on November 1, 2018 fixed December 15 as the deadline for filing of claims and objections by individuals excluded from the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) of Assam, published on July 30, 2018.
The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Nariman allowed claimants for Assam NRC to rely on five documents, which were earlier objected to by NRC coordinator, to prove their citizenship.
These five documents are:
1) Names in NRC, 1951
2) Names in Electoral Roll up to March 24, 1971
3) Citizenship Certificate and Refugee Registration Certificate
4) Certified copies of pre-1971 Electoral Roll, particularly, those issued by Tripura
5) Ration Card
All these documents will be subjected to a thorough process of verification and would be accepted only after due and complete satisfaction of the genuineness.
Earlier, the Supreme Court bench had earlier asked claimants to file their claims and objections within a period of 60 days starting from September 25.
However, with the extension of the deadline, the court has set January 15, 2019 as the last date for the authorities to issue its notice. The verification of the documents will begin on February 1, 2019.