Panchayat certificates can be used to establish linkages after verification process: Supreme Court

  • Panchayat certificates can be used to establish linkages after verification process: Supreme Court
05-12-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

The Supreme Court on Tuesday setting aside Gauhati High Court order, which made certificate issued by panchayat invalid in the State, said panchayat certificates can be used to establish linkages after verification process in the ongoing updation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

More than 48 lakh people of the State have submitted certificates issued by gram panchayats as the only document in support of their citizenship when they applied for inclusion of their names in the updated NRC. Earlier, State coordinator of NRC Prateek Hajela had informed the Supreme Court that about 10 to 23 lakh of these panchayat certificates of total 48 lakh submitted have been found to be legal.

During the procedure on Tuesday, the apex court also said “the Original Inhabitants status in the NRC is irrelevant.” The Supreme Court on November 30 rejecting the plea for extension of time had directed to publish the draft NRC for Assam carrying 2.38 crores names by the midnight of December 31.

The Gauhati High Court on 28 February had ruled that the certificate issued by Panchayat Secretaries will not be considered as a valid link document for NRC.

Tags : Panchayat certificate Supreme Court NRC Prateek Hajela


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