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Supreme Court rejects govt plea to re-verify NRC data

New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Centre and Assam government’s pleas to reopen and re-verify National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

“The National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise won’t be reopened, there shall be no sample re-verification of data. Those born after Dec 3, 2004 won’t be included in NRC if any of the parents is a doubtful voter or declared foreigner by a tribunal or is contesting case,” a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said.

The court said that the security of this information should be similar to that of the AADHAAR.

“Regime similar to Aadhaar should be created to ensure security of NRC data. Exclusions should be published only online on August 31″, the court said.

Only hard copies of lists of inclusions and exclusions to be provided at district offices. The NRC to be updated according to law laid down in section 66A Judgment,” Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said.

This came after the NRC coordinator sought more time to ensure that draft lists and the list of new names (added after considering exclusion/inclusion) are published.

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register containing names of all genuine Indian citizens, which has been updated for Assam, as it suffers from a problem with one of the most number of illegal foreign immigrants.

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