New Delhi: The Supreme Court came pretty close to ordering the government not to deport the Rohingya.
According to experts, it finally settled on merely observing that a balance should be struck between humanitarian concern for the community and the country’s national security and economic interests.
The court was hearing a bunch of petitions, against a proposed move to deport over 40,000 Rohingya refugees.
A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, started by orally indicating that the government should not deport Rohingya “now”, but the government prevailed on the court to not pass any formal order, citing “international ramifications”.
The court deferred the case to November 21 for detailed hearing. It will reopen after the Deepavali holidays on October 23. “Take action wherever you find wrong, but do not deport now,” Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra initially told Additional Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre.
Senior advocate Fali Nariman, arguing for the Rohingya, said, “In case of any difficulty, we will come here.” But Mehta objected, asking the court why the question of deportation should come up for debate at this stage.