The Supreme Court has sought the stand of the government on a petition challenging its decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar.
The matter came up before a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud. The bench asked Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to take instruction from the Centre about its response. The petition has challenged the decision on various grounds including that it violated international human right conventions.
While the bench posted the matter for 11th September. Advocate Prashant Bhushan appeared for the two Rohingya immigrants who claimed that they are registered refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees, UNHCR.
The petitioners claimed, they had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.
Earlier, on 18th August, the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, had issued notice to the Centre over its plan to deport the Rohingya immigrants, who are residing in various parts of India.
India has ratified and is a signatory to various conventions that recognise the Principle of “Non-Refoulement’, which prohibits deportation of refugees to a country where they may face threat to their lives.