1.17 lakh people declared as foreigners by FTs in Assam
At least 1.17 lakh people have been declared foreigners in Assam by Foreigner Tribunals (FTs) in the past 33 years.
Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy told the Parliament that “Foreigners Tribunals function as per the procedure laid down in Foreigners Tribunals (Order) 1964. As per the order dated 17.12.2014 of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in WP(C) No.562/2012, a Special Bench of Hon’ble Gauhati High Court is regularly monitoring the functioning of the Foreigners Tribunals.”
A person not satisfied with opinion of an FT is entitled to approach higher courts. Adjudication of citizenship is a legal process and every person is given full opportunity to prove his/her claim of citizenship, he said.