Cannot Deport Rohingya Refugees Till Next Hearing, Supreme Court Tells Government

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Furthermore, the Supreme Court also added that Rohingyas can not be deported till the matter is being heard in the court. It allowed the petitioners to approach it in case of any contingency.

"While national security and economic interests need to be secured, innocent women and children can not be ignored", the apex court said.

The Indian government had earlier told the apex court that besides being a security threat because of links to the ISI and the IS, Rohingyas will exhaust natural resources meant for Indian citizens resulting in hostility and social tensions. "The issue involves human rights of many", the top court said in its observation. It is not an ordinary case.

The SC said the Rohingya Muslims issue is of great magnitude and the State has a big role to play.

The UN's human rights chief has criticised India's decision as lacking "basic human compassion".

The court had also made it clear that it will hear the arguments only on the points of law and asked the parties to desist from advancing emotional arguments as the matter concerned humanitarian cause and humanity, which required to be heard with mutual respect.

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

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that the government would not like the matter to be heard in a piecemeal manner as it has wide ramifications and added that it would prefer a day for detailed hearing.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked the Centre and the two Rohingya Muslim refugees, who had filed the petition, to compile all documents and global conventions before the date of hearing for assisting it.

"India's justification to deport the Rohingyas to Myanmar is premised on the false assumption that all of them present a potential threat to national security".

There are an estimated 40,000 Rohingya refugees in the country, a large number of them living in squalid camps in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

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