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All illegal Rohingyas to be deported from Jammu, SC rejects plea to stall process

Last Updated on April 8, 2021 at 6:07 pm

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea that had sought the release of at least 150 Rohingya refugees detained in a Jammu sub-jail and the stalling of deportation.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde, added the caveat that the deportation of Rohingya refugees from Jammu must follow due procedure, which involved their proper identification and acknowledgment of their citizenship by the Myanmar government.

“No Rohingya from Jammu will be deported without the procedure to be followed in such cases,” said the bench that included justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

The Centre on March 26 opposed the plea by Mohammad Salimullah while emphasising that India cannot become “the international capital of illegal immigrants”.