SLP heard in Supreme Court
ITANAGAR, Oct 4: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has urged the central government not to take the hasty decision on granting citizenship rights to Chakma and Hajong refugees in the state since the matter is sub-judice in the Supreme Court.
AAPSU Deputy Spokesperson, Nepha Wangsa in a release informed that a Supreme Court Bench comprising of Justice Chelameswar and Justice Abdul Nazeer heard the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by the apex student body against the Election Commission of India & Others, challenging the citizenship rights to Chakma and Hajong refugees on October 3.
During the course of hearing, the Additional Solicitor General of India sought time to file reply in the SLP and the SC Bench granted time for filing affidavit-in-opposition, the AAPSU said while quoting its legal advisors Nabam Jollaw and Marto Kato.
When the matter is sub-judice in the Supreme Court, the Union of India must not take hasty decision to grant citizenship to these refugees, the AAPSU said.
The AAPSU is challenging the decision of the central government to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees living in Arunachal Pradesh and also challenged enrolment of their names in the electoral roll in the state without deciding the citizenship status.
The union also urged the state government to start eviction drive against the Chakma refugees who have encroached upon the Reserve Forest under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980 and other statutory provision with immediate effect.