SC bars deportation of Rohingya Muslims until case hearing

The Supreme Court will today hear a plea challenging the

The Supreme Court will today hear a plea challenging the

Hearing a petition against deporting Rohingya people from the country, the Supreme Court today called the Rohingya situation in Myanmar a "huge humanitarian crisis", but stopped short of freezing a plan to expel the refugees after the centre pleaded that a stay order could have worldwide ramifications.

The apex court said that a balance has to be struck between human rights & national interests.

The Supreme Court said on Friday that the human rights of Rohingya refugees can not be ignored and there is a need to "strike a balance" when it comes to issues of national security resulting from their stay.

However, it also allowed petitioners to approach it in case of any contingency.

In September, the government informed the apex court that the "illegal" influx of Rohingyas was "seriously harming national security of the country".

"We have to strike a balance". The ASG said that the Rohingya issue involves global ramifications.

The top court made it clear that there was a need for holistic hearing and it is neither going to be swayed by the arguments of senior lawyer Fali S Nariman, who is representing the petitioners, nor by any other senior counsel and the submissions have to go by the letter of the law.

A three-judge SC bench led by chief justice Dipak Misra has asked the concerned parties related to the case to compile all documents and worldwide conventions for its assistance.

The UN's human rights chief has criticised India's decision as lacking "basic human compassion".

On Thursday, a group of eminent personalities urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not deport Rohingya refugees and asylum-seekers, saying a proposal that the entire community is a threat to national security is based on "false assumption".

In their petition, the two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, argued that they had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there.

Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar in millions after an intense military crackdown that has been likened to an ethnic cleansing by the United Nations.

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