SC bars deportation of Rohingya Muslims until case hearing

Supreme Court to hear Rohingya refugees' PIL challenging deportation

Don't deport Rohingya refugees, human rights must be kept in mind, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Friday granted more time to all parties involved in the Rohingya refugees deportation matter to argue and posted it for further hearing on November 21. It, however, allowed petitioners to approach it in case of contingency.

The apex court also said the government should be sensitive to the Rohingyas and can not be oblivious to the plight of innocent women and children, reported CNN-News18.

On the earlier date of hearing, the court had told the government to adopt a humanitarian approach while dealing with the Rohingya Muslim issue.

'We have to strike a balance. "The issue involves human rights of many", as per ANI.

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Another Rohingya refugee then filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court denying the Indian government's claims that the Muslim community from Myanmar has terror links with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Islamic State. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was hearing the petition filed by Rohingya Muslims challenging the government's stand to deport them back to Myanmar.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that "this is an issue involving worldwide ramifications".

There are an estimated 40,000 Rohingya refugees in the country, a large number of them living in squalid camps in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan. In an open letter, 51 prominent names including Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, former home minister P Chidambaram, former Union home secretary G K Pillai among others, observed that as an aspiring global leader, India can not afford to adopt a "shortsighted approach".

The letter urges the Modi government to lead a "global response" to the "humanitarian tragedy" that is unfolding in Myanmar's Rakhine and prepare a "bold vision" that addresses the needs of thousands of Rohingya who have fled their homes in the wake of violence that has gripped the state.

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