SC refuses to interfere in 7 Rohingyas, to be handed over to Myanmar

A group of Rohingya refugees walk on the muddy road after travelling over the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to interfere in the decision of the Centre and rejected the plea to stop the deportation of seven Rohingya immigrants to Myanmar from Assam.

During hearing of the plea, which was filed on Wednesday, the Central Government told the top court that Myanmar has accepted the Rohingyas as their citizens and have agreed to take them back. The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the plea saying that the seven were found as illegal immigrants by the court earlier and that Myanmar is also ready to accept them as their nationals.  “We are not inclined to interfere on the decision taken,” the apex court said.

These Rohingyas were detained by police from Cachar Central Jail in Assam’s Silchar district where they were under detention since 2012. The application was filed by one Jaffarullah, who said Rohingyas should not be deported under any kind of duress as they have migrated due to “genocide” in Myanmar.

According to a Home Ministry official, these Rohingyas will be handed over to Myanmar authorities at Moreh border post in Manipur. Earlier, they were lodged in the Silchar Detention centre in Assam.

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