SC allows deportation of Rohingyas

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/9/2021 12:51:24 AM

NEW DELHI, Apr 8: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed deportation of Rohingya Muslim refugees rounded up from Jammu to their country Myanmar as per the procedure prescribed. It refused to grant any relief on detention of some 150 Rohingyas in Jammu.
"It is not possible to grant the interim relief. However it is made clear that the Rohingyas in Jammu on whose behalf the application has been moved shall not be deported unless he procedure prescribed for such deportation is followed," ruled a Bench headed by Chief Justice Sharad Bobde, which also comprised Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.
During the hearing on March 23, advocate Prashant Bhushan had pleaded that sending the Rohingyas to Myanmar when it is under a Military junta will endanger their life, noting that the principle of non-refoulement forbids expulsion of a refugee if there is a clear and certain danger of life in the original country.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had opposed to the application on behalf of the Union Government and cited a similar application concerning the Rohingyas in Assam was dismissed in 2018. submitted that deportation is done in accordance with the procedure established by law, and hence it cannot be held to be violative of right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution.



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