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Assam NRC: SC extends deadline till Dec 31 for filing claims, objections

Earlier the Supreme Court had set the deadline for filing claims as December 15, issuance of notice to claimants as January 15 and verification of documents as February 1.

SNS | New Delhi |

The Supreme Court on Wednesday extended till December 31 the deadline for filing claims and objection by around 40 lakh people who were left out of Assam’s draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman said that issuance of notice to those who filed claims and objections will commence on February 1, 2019, and the verification would done from February 15.

The court changed the deadline on an application by the Assam government which had sought one month extension for filing claims and objections.

Earlier the Supreme Court had set the deadline for filing claims as December 15, issuance of notice to claimants as January 15 and verification of documents as February 1.

The court has allowed claimants for Assam NRC to rely on five documents which were earlier objected to by NRC coordinator.

These five documents are NRC of 1951, voter list of 1966, voter list of 1971, refugee registration certificate till 1971 and ration card issued till 1971.

Until now, 10 legacy documents could be used for inclusion and exclusion in the draft NRC, which should have been issued by various authorities and corporations since midnight of March 24, 1971.