Rohingya refugees pose serious security threat: Centre to SC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Sep 2017 09:02:46



THE Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that the Rohingya Muslims are ‘illegal’ immigrants in the country and their continuous stay posed “serious national security ramifications”.

The Centre’s affidavit, filed in the apex court Registry, said the fundamental right to reside and settle in any part of the country is available to citizens only and illegal refugees cannot invoke the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to enforce the right.

Earlier during the day, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the statement of ASG Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, that the reply would be filed later today and fixed the PIL challenging the deportation of Rohingyas for hearing on October 3.

“As evident from the constitutional guarantee flowing from Article 19 of the Constitution, the right to reside and settle in any part of the territory of India as well as right to move freely throughout the territory of India is available only to the citizens of India... No illegal immigrant can pray for a writ of this Court which directly or indirectly confer the fundamental rights in general...,” the affidavit filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs said. The Centre said the Rohingya refugees were illegals and their continuous stay pose a grave security threat.

“It is submitted that continuance of Rohingyas’ illegal immigration into India and their continued stay in India, apart from being absolutely illegal, is found to be having serious national security ramifications and has serious security threats,” it said.