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Assam | Submit data on Bangladeshi immigrants receiving Indian citizenship: Supreme Court tells Centre

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Supreme Court of India

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked the union government to submit data in regards to the number of Bangladeshi immigrants having received Indian citizenship in Assam between January 1, 1966 and March 25, 1971.

The order was given by a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court led by chief justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud on Thursday (December 07).

The Supreme Court asked the Assam government to provide the Centre with the relevant data at the earliest so that the union government could file an affidavit in the matter at the court by December 11.

The apex court further noted that the affidavit to be filed by the central government should deal with the number of Bangladeshi immigrants, who were granted Indian citizenship under section 6A of the citizenship act between January 1, 1966 and March 25, 1971.

“How many persons have been detected to be foreigners under the Foreigners Tribunals Order 1964 with reference to the above period?” the Supreme Court bench asked.

It says those who came to Assam on or after January 1, 1966 but before March 25, 1971 from specified territories, including Bangladesh, in accordance with the Citizenship Act amended in 1985, and since then are residents of the Northeast state, must register themselves under section 18 for acquiring Indian citizenship.

As a result, the provision fixes March 25, 1971 as the cut-off date for granting citizenship to Bangladeshi migrants in Assam.