Notwithstanding the central government’s assertion on Rohingya Muslims issue, the Supreme Court on Friday told the government to ensure sensitivity towards the suffering of these refugees. The top court also asked the central government to try to balance between human rights and national security when it comes to dealing with refugees in the country.
The apex court said that it can’t be oblivious to plight of innocent kids and women, the SC pitched for a balancing act and said there are various issues to consider. Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, said the court has ordered the government not to deport any Rohingya Muslims till it decides on the matter. The court deferred the matter to November 21.The government in its affidavit in the Supreme Court had called Rohingya immigrants a “security threat to India” and said that as per law, it is completely “illegal” for them to stay in India.
The affidavit stated that subject matter of the petition to stop deportation of Rohingya is not “justiciable”, as the fundamental rights of Indian citizens would be adversely affected. “There is serious national security threat/concern and when a just and fair procedure prescribed by law exist for deportation, this Hon’ble Court may decline its interference, leaving to the Central Government to exercise its essential executive function by way of a policy decision in larger interest of the country,” maintained the affidavit.