MHA wants to destroy NRC exercise, says SC after Centre wants troops redeployed to poll duty
New Delhi, February 5
The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down Centre’s application to withdraw 167 companies of security forces currently involved in National Registry of Citizens work in Assam for forthcoming General Elections.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogogi was livid over MHA’s request to withdraw central forces deployed in Assam for NRC work to use them in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
The court was scathing in its criticism. It said it seemed “MHA doesn’t want NRC work to go on and entire effort from MHA is to destroy the process”.
“The Government of India is not cooperating,” the Bench, which also included Justice Rohinton Nariman, said.
“If you want, there are 1001 ways to get it done,” the CJI said. “Do you want us to summon the Home Secretary?” asks the Bench. The court also reiterated that the July 31, 2019, deadline for completing the process will not be extended.