The Supreme Court on Monday fixed October 3 as the date to hear a plea challenging the deportation of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar after Centre told the apex court that it would file its response in the matter during the day.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud directed the hearing for October as the Centre told the bench that they would be filing their response during the day.

Adjourning the hearing, the court asked the petitioner and others to file their rejoinder to the Centre’s stand before the next date of hearing.

As per reports, Centre has cited the Foreigners Act to seek the deportation of Rohingyas who have been termed as a threat to national security in the affidavit.

Several Union Ministers, as well as Ministers in the Assam government, have in the past said that the Rohingyas are illegal immigrants in India and will have to leave the country.

An affidavit on the issue, which the government later said was just a draft and being worked upon, was leaked after it was inadvertently served on the counsel for petitioner Muhammad Salimullah.

The Centre also said that it was found that there were organised network of agents and touts facilitating illegal migration of Rohingyas in India.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday said the government’s stand to deport Rohingya refugees was in the nation’s interest.

“It is a sensitive matter. Whatever government will do, will be in nation’s interest,” Rijiju told reporters ahead of the Supreme Court hearing.