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Centre refuses to offer assurance on Rohingya

Plea in SC against deportation plan

The Centre refused, in the Supreme Court, to give 40,000 Rohingya Muslim immigrants an assurance that it will not move for their deportation back to Myanmar.

Additional Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, for the Centre, remained non-committal on Monday when the two Rohingyas who moved the court tried to draw an assurance that the government would not move against their community or take “coercive steps.”

“I am not making any such statements,” Mr. Mehta said categorically.

Next hearing on September 11

Listing the case for hearing on September 11, a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra asked advocate Prashant Bhushan, who appears for Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, the two Rohingyas, to first serve the copy of their petition on the Centre. The court then asked Mr. Mehta to take instructions from the Centre.

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