SC bars deportation of Rohingya Muslims until case hearing

SC bars deportation of Rohingya Muslims until case hearing

After the Centre's plea, the court did not pass such an order but said that in case any such deportation is done in the meantime, the petitioners would be at liberty to approach the court seeking a relief. Senior Advocate, Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, said the court has ordered the government not to deport any Rohingya Muslims till it decides on the matter.

During the hearing, the Supreme Court observed that national importance can not be secondary and at the same time human rights of Rohingyas should be kept in mind.

In September, the government informed the apex court that the "illegal" influx of Rohingyas was "seriously harming national security of the country". "Moreover, India's credibility as a net security provider for our neighbours in the region would be severely compromised if we fail to act on behalf of our broader interests in the region", they said.

The apex court said that a balance has to be struck between human rights & national interests. It is not an ordinary case.

The hearing was done by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice, Dipak Misra.

Two Rohingyas had filed a petition in the top court challenging their deportation.

Another Rohingya refugee then filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court denying the Indian government's claims that the Muslim community from Myanmar has terror links with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Islamic State.

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. The immigrants also challenged their deportation on grounds of violation of worldwide human rights conventions. Earlier this week, a group of eminent personalities had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not deport Rohingya refugees and asylum-seekers, saying a proposal that the entire community is a threat to national security is basedon "false assumption".

The government had told the parliament on 9 August that according to available data, more than 14,000 Rohingya, registered with the UNHCR, were staying in India.