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SC refuses to stop deportation of seven Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar has accepted them, says Addl. Solicitor General

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an application to stop the government from deporting seven Rohingya men detained in Assam since 2012.

A Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S.K. Kaul and K.M. Joseph refused to intervene in a plea by Mohammed Salimullah, speaking through advocate Prashant Bhushan, that a United Nations officer must be allowed to first talk to the seven men.

Foreigners Act

Additional Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, for the Centre, submitted that the men were prosecuted under the Foreigners Act, 1946, for illegally entering India. Myanmar has already accepted them as its nationals and issued them Certificates of Identity.

The government, in a short affidavit, said the seven were housed in a detention centre since 2012. Now, they have been accepted by the country of their origin.

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