Union government is likely to opt for disenfranchisement of those who would be left out of the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), officials said on Sunday.
Speaking to the media, top officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs said that those filing claims have mostly given relevant documents claiming that they are Indian citizens. “If someone cannot provide documents related to Indian citizenship, disenfranchisement may be the first possible step,” the officials said.
It may be noted that only around 10 lakh people, out of the total 40 lakh, whose names were missing from the draft NRC, have submitted applications for inclusion of their names in the list of Assam’s citizens.
The Home Ministry officials, who are closely keeping a tab on the NRC update exercise, said the Supreme Court is likely to take a final call in this regard. The MHA is in favour of taking the disenfranchisement route and is in the process of consulting the matter with the Assam government.
SC has fixed the schedule of filing claims and objections on the draft NRC, which began on September 25. It will come to an end on December 15.
However, all those who will be excluded from the final NRC will have the right to approach the citizenship tribunals followed by the competent courts to challenge the decision of the NRC authorities.
Meanwhile, sources said that NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela is likely to file a report to the Supreme Court after completion of the process of claims and objections on December 15.
Next week, the Supreme Court will also hear senior counsel Kapil Sibal who has filed petitions on behalf of the All Assam Minorities Students Union (AAMSU) and Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind challenging the SOP regarding the List B documents.