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Centre seeks time to transfer NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela to Madhya Pradesh

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The Supreme Court on October 18 had ordered the Centre and the Assam government to transfer Hajela to his native state within 7 days.

The Centre on Thursday, October 24, 2019, moved the Supreme Court seeking extension of time for completing formalities to transfer Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) Coordinator Prateek Hajela to Madhya Pradesh.

The apex court on October 18 had ordered the Centre and the Assam government to transfer Hajela to his native state Madhya Pradesh within seven days.

 

The counsel for the Centre on Thursday told the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that though the government has taken steps to transfer the 1995 batch IAS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre but procedural formalities will take some more time.

“You file the application,” the bench, which also comprised Justices S.A. Bobde and S.A. Nazeer, said.

Mr. Hajela was appointed the NRC coordinator by the Supreme Court to oversee the mammoth and sensitive exercise of finalising and publication of Assam NRC data.

The top court had ordered the inter-cadre transfer of Hajela on deputation to his native state for the maximum possible period.

The bench had not specified the cause or the reason for passing the order, leading to speculation that the officer might be apprehending some kind of threat after overseeing the gigantic and sensitive task of finalising the Assam NRC.

The Supreme Court has already posted the petitions on Assam NRC for further hearing on November 26.

The much-awaited updated final NRC was released on August 31, this year excluding names of over 19 lakh applicants in the state.

Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, which was first prepared in 1951.

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