In a major development, the Supreme Court today issued notice to the Central government and the Election Commission of India in a petition by Tripura People’s Front seeking that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) be updated with respect to the State of Tripura.
In the petition, it has been claimed that while setting up of NRC goes as far back as 1951, the need for updating the NRC in Tripura is pressing. The petition claims that the situation of influx of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh is worse in Tripura than in Assam
The petitioners have submitted that it is very necessary to update NRC in Tripura in order to identify illegal immigrants, delete them from voters lists, and subsequently deport them from India to restore the “socio-economic, socio-cultural and socio-political equilibrium of Tripura.”
The petitioners have prayed for the Court to direct the concerned authorities to update the NRC with respect to the State of Tripura.
The notice was issued by a top court bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi (CJI) and Justices S K Kaul and KM Joseph.
The top court bench sought a response from the Centre and the Election Commission on the plea seeking implementation of the NRC in Tripura to identify illegal immigrants in the state.
The petition has been filed by Tripura People’s Front in the Supreme Court, urging that the NRC be updated with respect to the State of Tripura and illegal immigrants be deported from the State.
The petition also calls for urgent fencing of Bangladesh-Tripura border and deportation of illegal immigrants.
The petition claims to seek enforcement of the Rights under Articles 14, 15, 19, 21, and 29 guaranteed by the Constitution of India.
The petition argues that there has been a huge uncontrolled influx of immigrants from Bangladesh over the past five decades, which has changed the demographics of the state.
The petition states that Tripura, which was predominantly a tribal state, has become a non-tribal state following such influx.
It calls for the establishment of an effective mechanism for the detection of illegal immigrants in the State, and to set up appropriate numbers of Foreigners Tribunal for the speedy and effective trial of the persons detected as illegal immigrants in the state.
The Centre had on July 30 published a second draft NRC list of Assam in which out of 3.29 crore people, names of 2.89 crore people were included.
The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1.
Assam, which has faced an influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, which was first prepared in 1951.