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Supreme Court extends Assam NRC deadline to August 31

The Centre and the Assam government sought permission for sample re-verification to find out wrongful inclusions and exclusions of persons in the NRC.

The order was passed by a bench, comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman, which perused the reports filed by the Assam NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela.

Both the governments had on July 19 told the top court that “India cannot be the refugee capital of the world” and sought extension of its deadline of July 31 to complete the Assam NRC.

They sought directions to conduct sample re-verification to quell a growing perception that many illegal immigrants may have infiltrated the NRC especially in districts bordering Bangladesh.

The court had earlier reiterated that the deadline would not be extended.

Both the governments told the apex court that several lakh people have been wrongfully included in the NRC, specially in districts bordering Bangladesh due to the involvement of local officers in the massive exercise.

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