Centre to file affidavit on Rohingyas in SC on Monday:Rajnath

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the centre will file an affidavit in the Supreme Court on September 18 over deportation of Rohingya Muslims.

"We will file the affidavit in the Supreme Court on September 18", he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

After Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati urged the Centre to adopt a humanitarian approach towards thousands of Rohingya families seeking asylum in India, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said that the Government of India can not allow a security situation of the country to suffer for the sake of allowing illegal immigrants on regional and religious consideration.

The violent attacks allegedly by Myanmarese armymen have led to an exodus of Rohingya tribals from the western Rakhine state in that country to India and Bangladesh.

The government has said it is still finalising a written submission it will present to the Supreme Court next Monday, a draft of which was circulated today and reported in the media. In the draft affidavit, the Centre said there were "contemporaneous inputs" received by it that indicated links of some of the unauthorised Rohingya immigrants with Pakistan and Bangladesh-based terror organisations.

What makes the purported deportation of the Rohingya from India legally untenable is that the Indian government, like any other in the world, is bound by customary global law to respect the principle of non-refoulement. Almost 15,000 have received refugee documentation, according to the United Nations, but India wants to deport them all. Mr Rijiju had also clarified that India would follow due process of laws on deportation rather than throwing the illegal migrants into an "ocean or shoot them down".

China has endorsed the crackdown on the persecuted Rohingyas by security forces in Myanmar.

Former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya has recently moved the apex court seeking to make him a party in the case filed by the two Rohingya Muslims. The affidavit filed by the Union home ministry also stated that providing facilities and privileges to illegal immigrants would have adverse impact upon Indian citizens as it would deprive them of their legitimate share in the various sectors.

"The Government of India must adopt a humane view as has been the tradition of India".

Bangladesh is also growing hostile to the Rohingya, more than 400,000 of whom live there after fleeing Myanmar since the early 1990s.

"India has more moral authority than China to comment on the Rohingya crisis", Richard Rossow, senior adviser in US-India relations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies told TOI. Detection and deportation of such illegal immigrants from Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine state is a continuous process, the Centre said.

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