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Rohingya Muslims: SC to hear plea for release of detained refugees on Mar 25

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: After the recent deportation news of detained Rohingya Muslims in Jammu, the Supreme Court of India announced to hear a fresh plea seeking immediate release of these detained refugees on March 25. The apex court was also reported to have said that it would restrain the Centre from implementing any order deporting them to Mayanmar

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According to reports, a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde had initially observed that there was no urgency in the matter but it has now taken note of the submissions of lawyer Prashant Bhushan that the detained Rohingyas may be deported to Mayanmar where the Army has taken over and violence is taking place.

“Ok, then we will hear the Rohingya matter on Thursday,” the bench also comprised of justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian was quoted saying.

On March 11, an interim plea was filed in a pending PIL seeking immediate release of detained Rohingya refugees in Jammu and restrain the Centre from deporting them.

The plea also sought direction to the Ministry of Home Affairs to expeditiously grant refugee identification cards through the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) for Rohingyas in informal camps.

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The application has been filed by Mohammad Salimullah, who is a Rohingya refugee, through advocate Bhushan. The application said that it is filed in public interest in order to secure and protect the right against deportation of refugees in India.

The petition written in public interest also alleged that it is filed to protect rights guaranteed under Article 14 and Article 21, read with Article 51(c) of the Constitution, against the deportation of Rohingya refugees who have taken refuge in India after escaping widespread violence and discrimination against their community in Myanmar, as per reports.

“Release the detained Rohingya refugees immediately and direct the Union Territory government and the Ministry of Home Affairs to expeditiously grant Refugee identification cards through the FRRO for Rohingyas in informal camps,” it read.

Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees are currently searching for a new beginning in south Asian countries after being forced to leave Myanmar following persecution at the hands of Buddhists. While, at least 155 illegal Rohingya immigrants who escaped persecution in Myanmar and took refuge in Jammu and Kashmir were sent to a “holding centre” on March 7.  Following which the top court of the country announced to hear a plea seeking immediate release of these detained refugees on March 25.

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