Supreme Court on Tuesday announced a strict warning to Assam’s NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela and its registrar Shailesh for speaking to the media about the process that will be adopted for the finalisation of National Register of Citizens (NRC) report.
“Should we send you both to jail for contempt? Who are you? What’s your authority? How can officers appointed by the SC talk about something which is to be finalised by us,” asked Supreme Court to Hajela and Shailesh.
The SC also said it would have initiated contempt proceedings against the two, had the task of initiating steps for finalisation of NRC not been at hand on time.
“Your job isn’t to go to the press, holding a brief for anyone. You are officer of the court and have been given the job to prepare NRC. We would have taken a sterner view but for the fact you still have a lot of work to do. Never speak to media on this issue without SC’s prior permission,” Supreme Court added.
The Assam NRC final draft report, that was released last Monday, 30 July, had revealed that out of 3,29,91,385 applicants, 2,89,83,677 were found eligible for inclusion in the list, while over 40 lakh were left out.
The process for making claims and objections will begin on August 30 and continue till September 28.