SC allows deportation of 7 Rohingyas from Assam to Myanmar


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed deportation of seven Rohingyas, who were held at a detention centre in Assam, to their country of origin Myanmar. A bench comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph passed the order.

Accepting the Centre’s statement, the apex court said that the seven Rohingya were illegal immigrants and Myanmar had accepted them as citizens. ‘We are not inclined to interfere on the decision taken’, the SC said.

Earlier, a PIL was filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir challenging the Centre’s decision to deport over 40,000 refugees who came to India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination and violence against the community.

On Wednesday, an application was moved seeking to restrain the Centre from deporting seven Rohingyas lodged in a detention centre at Silchar in Assam to Myanmar .

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