Guwahati, August 7 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday severely reprimanded the National Register of Citizens (NRC) State Coordinator of Assam and Registrar General of India (RGI) for speaking to the media with statements on claims and objections process and modalities of the NRC updating process without informing the court.
The division bench of the apex court, comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and RF Nariman asked NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajelaand RGI Shailesh - who are you and what’s your authority?
“Don’t forget you are officials of court and your job is to comply with orders. How can you go to media and speak something as you are appointed by the Supreme Court and it is to be finalished by us. Should we send you both to jail.You still have lot of works to do,” the divisional bench of the top court asked Hajela and Shailesh.
The apex court warned the two top officials of the NRC updating process against speaking to the media in future and they would need court permission to do so.
On July 31, while hearing the NRC case, the top court directed the centre to prepare Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for claims and objections.
The complete draft of NRC was published on July 30 by including the names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants and excluded over 40 lakh in the list.
(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)