News18 Daybreak | SC Reproaches Centre Over NRC Deadline Request and Other Stories You Need to Watch Out For

Feb 06, 03:25 AM

What to Watch Out For

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee called off her three-day sit-in protest against the CBI's move to raid the residence of Kolkata Police Commissioner in ponzi scam cases after the SC directed that no coercive action, including Rajeev Kumar’s arrest, can take place during the CBI investigation.

SC order: The SC however issued a notice to the Commisioner on the contempt plea that was filed by the CBI and asked Kumar to cooperate with the CBI in the Saradha chit fund scam case. Further, the bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna also ordered that in order to avoid unnecessary controversy, Rajeev Kumar should appear before the CBI in Shillong, Meghalaya.

Fire with fire: The Ministry of Home Affairs has written to the chief secretary of West Bengal seeking disciplinary action against the Kolkata top cop. In the letter, the Centre has accused the Commissioner of criticising the government, embarrassing the government and Centre-State relations

An official source however said that the state government was not rule bound to take action on the basis of the MHA’s written order as Kumar is working with the state government and not the Centre.

‘Moral Victory’: The West Bengal CM hailed the verdict as a moral victory. “We really welcome the (Supreme Court) verdict. It is absolutely correct. Our case is very strong. We never said we will not cooperate. This is political vendetta,” Banerjee said.

Banerjee had begun her "Save Constitution" dharna on Sunday evening after a team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials showed up near the Loudon Street residence of the Kolkata Police chief but were removed from the spot by state police personnel.

Several leaders of opposition parties including Congress’ Rahul Gandhi, DMK’s MK Stalin and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had expressed their support to the West Bengal CM over the issue and criticised the Centre for its ‘undemocratic’ move. Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Tejaswi Yadav and DMK leader Kanimozhialso even paid Mamata Banerjee a visit in a show of solidarity.

2. The Supreme Court on Tuesday chided the Centre over the updation of the National Register of Citizens in Assam and said that it was hell bent on not allowing the process to continue.

What happened: The government had asked the top court to withhold the process of deciding claims and objections for two weeks keeping in mind the upcoming general elections.

Attorney General representing the government urged the bench for permission to stall NRC work for two weeks keeping in mind the role of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in the election duty.

However the two-person bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton F Nariman refused a push back on the July 31 deadline to bring out the final list.

"We are very disappointed with your request. We are sorry to say but the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is delaying the NRC work. We are left anguished. The MHA seems hell bent on destroying the NRC," the CJI remarked.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh responded to the SC assuring that the process will be completed within the stipulated deadline.

“Neither any Indian national’s name will be excluded nor a foreigner’s name included in the final NRC,” he said.

In depth: First prepared in 1951, the NRC is a record of all the legal citizens in Assam.

In 1980s a widespread anti-illegal foreigners' movement lead by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Assam Gana Parishad in 1980 submitted a memorandum to the Centre, seeking the ‘updation’ of the list. The move was aimed at protecting the indigenous culture of Assam from illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. This movement also culminated in the Assam Accord of 1985.

But, it was only after the 2013 order by the Supreme Court that the government undertook that the updation process under the Citizenship Act, 1955 and as per the rules framed in the Accord.

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