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Assam NRC: Supreme Court Rejects Centre, State’s Plea For Re-Verification

"The National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise won't be reopened; there shall be no sample re-verification of data."

The Supreme court, on Tuesday, August 13, rejected the Centre and Assam government’s pleas for re-verification of the Assam citizens’ list.

As per reports, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said, “The National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise won’t be reopened; there shall be no sample re-verification of data. Those born after December 3, 2004, won’t be included in NRC if any of the parents is a doubtful voter or declared foreigner by a tribunal or is contesting the case.”

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The apex court further said, “Regime similar to Aadhaar should be created to ensure the security of NRC data. Exclusions should be published only online on August 31,” adding that only hard copies of lists of inclusions and exclusions should be provided at district offices. “NRC must be updated according to the law laid down in section 66a judgment.”

More than four million people in Assam, out of the 32.9 million in the state who applied to be included in the NRC, had been left out of the draft released in 2018.

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