India cannot become the refugee capital of the world, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Wednesday, 31 January.
According to The Hindu, the Union Government was responding to a plea filed by two Rohingya refugees in which the petitioners alleged that the Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were “pushing back” the Rohingyas at the borders with chilli spray and stun grenades.
“We do not want India to become the refugee capital of the world. People from every other country will flood our country,” Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta reportedly told a three-judge Bench.
The Bench is composed of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud.
According to reports, Mehta told the apex court that there is no contingency as of now and as such the court cannot intervene in the matter.
He also informed the court that the “constitutionally empowered executive was seized of the matter and the diplomatic process is on to deal with the situation”.
The court gave the government till March 7 to respond to the allegations.
Appearing for the National Human Rights Commission, senior counsel Gopal Subramanium initially told the court that he was in agreement with what Mehta was saying and that the NHRC was only concerned with the Rohingyas present in India.
The government has maintained that Rohingyas are a security problem for India and announced its plans to deport 40,000 Rohingya refugees living in the country. The Supreme Court had in October barred the deportation of Rohingyas.