Centre seeks time to transfer Hajela

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The Centre on Thursday filed a plea before the Supreme Court asking for more time to transfer Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) coordinator Prateek Hajela out of the state and to Madhya Pradesh.

The apex court on October 18 had ordered the Centre and the Assam government to transfer Hajela to his native state Madhya Pradesh within seven days.

The counsel for the Centre told the SC bench that some formalities have to be completed before Prateek Haleja is sent to Madhya Pradesh.

The top court had ordered the inter-cadre transfer of Hajela on deputation to his native state for the maximum possible period.

The bench had not specified the cause or the reason for passing the order, leading to speculation that the officer might be apprehending some kind of threat after overseeing the gigantic and sensitive task of finalising the Assam NRC.

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