NEW DELHI, July 16 - The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to grant an urgent hearing on the petition filed by the Centre and Assam government seeking an extension of the July 31 deadline for the completion of the National Register for Citizens (NRC).
“We will see. We will examine the petition,” a bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose observed. The matter was mentioned before the court by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who submitted that it will not be possible to complete the NRC by July 31.
Assam government’s legal counsel Shuvodeep Roy confirmed that they have filed an application in the matter seeking early hearing. “However, we have been given to understand that the matter is likely to come up for hearing later this month,” he added.
The Supreme Court is monitoring the NRC exercise aimed at identifying illegal immigrants in Assam. Sources said that more than four petitions and applications are pending before the apex court, including an additional affidavit filed by the Assam government. Three applications filed by the AASU, AAMSU and Jamiat-Ulama-e-Hind are also pending before the top court.