Supreme Court refuses to stop deportation of 7 Rohingya refugees
With the Supreme Court declining to intervene, the seven Rohingya refugees are expected to be deported to Myanmar on ThursdayUpdated: Oct 04, 2018 13:46 IST
The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stop the deportation of seven Rohingya Muslims set to be deported from Manipur to Myanmar a few hours later. This will be the first such official deportation from India to Myanmar. Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who had sought the top court’s intervention, said it is the duty of this court to protect stateless citizens, which Rohingya refugees are. The bench shot back, telling Prashant Bhushan that he need not remind the judges of their responsibilities.
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, referring to the government’s affidavit, said the seven had been convicted for travelling to the country without requisite papers and Myanmar also accepts them as their nationals.
In its affidavit, the Home Ministry had underlined that the seven were willing to go back to Myanmar. They were illegal migrants and had served their sentence under the Foreigners Act.Tushar Mehta, the centre’s senior law officer, told the court that the Myanmar government had acknowledged that the seven were its nationals and given them a certificate of identity to facilitate their return.