MHA lays down modalities for foreigners tribunals in Assam

New Delhi: The Home Ministry on Tuesday said it has laid down the modalities for foreigners’ tribunals in Assam for deciding appeals made by people not satisfied with the outcome of claims and objections filed against the NRC.
In a statement, the ministry said an order was issued recently mandating the foreigners’ tribunals in Assam to deliver verdict of any case related to those people whose names could be excluded from the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) within four months.
The last amendment was issued in May. All these orders are applicable to the whole country and are not specific to any state.
“Therefore, there is nothing new in this regard in the latest amendment of May 2019,” the statement said. The May 2019 amendment only lays down the modalities for the tribunals to decide on appeals made by those not satisfied with the outcome of claims and objections filed against the NRC. This amendment order also provides for reference by district magistrate or deputy commissioner to the tribunal for its opinion as to whether the appellant is a ‘foreigner’ or not within the meaning of the Foreigners Act, 1946. Since the foreigners’ tribunals under this order have been established only in Assam and in no other state of the country, this amendment in effect is going to be relevant only to Assam at present,” the statement said. (PTI)

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