NEW DELHI: Deporting Rohingyas is an “executive policy decision” and the Supreme Court must not interfere, the centre said today, emphasising in a written submission that the refugees from Myanmar are a “very serious and potential threat to national security”. The Rohingyas are “indulging in anti-national activities” and channeling laundered money, the government said in an affidavit in response to a petition by two men challenging deportation by India.
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1.”…Some of the Rohingyas with a militant background are also found to be very active in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mewat, and have been identified as having a very serious and potential threat to the internal/ national security of India,” said the centre on the thousands of Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine region and settled in India. The influx, said the government, started in 2012.
2.”Many of the Rohingyas figure in the suspected sinister designs of ISI/ISIS and other extremists groups who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in sensitive areas of the country,” said the government’s document.
3.Referring to “security agency inputs and other authentic material”, the government said there were indications of “links between some of the Rohingyas with Pakistan-based terror organisations and similar organisations operating in other countries.
4.Also, there is a “serious potential and possibility of eruption of violence by the radicalized Rohingyas” against Buddhists in India, the affidavit said.
5.”The right to reside and settle in the country is available only to citizens and not to illegal immigrants,” the government argued, asserting that India is not bound by the UN convention on refugees, as it is not a signatory. It also said the influx of illegal immigrants had “a direct detrimental effect on the fundamental and basic human rights of country’s own citizens”.
6.Chief Justice Dipak Misra, declaring that the case would be taken up next on October 3, said: “We want to first see the legal position. What’s the jurisdiction of court and what kind of jurisdiction can we invoke.”
7.The Supreme Court is hearing the petition of two Rohingyas registered as refugees under the UN – Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir – who have said that their deportation is against their fundamental rights.
8.The centre said in a draft submission last week that Rohingyas are a threat to national security and that it is in national interest to deport them. But on Thursday, a government lawyer said that the draft was “wrongly circulated” to petitioners.
9.Around 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India. About 16,000 are registered with the United Nation’s refugee agency.
The United Nations’ top human rights body criticised the government plan to deport Rohingyas, saying India “cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations.”
10.The Indian government rebutted that sharply saying enforcing its laws to deal with possible security threats posed by illegal migrants cannot be seen as a lack of compassion. “This chorus of branding India as villain on Rohingya issue is a calibrated design to tarnish India’s image… It undermines India’s security,” Mr Rijiju tweeted.