Assam NRC is statutory, transparent, monitored by Supreme Court: India at UNHRC
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam is a statutory, transparent, non-discriminatory legal process mandated and being monitored by the Supreme Court, said India on Tuesday at the UNHRC being held at the Switzerland city of Geneva.
Secretary (East) in the External Affairs Ministry Vijay Thakur Singh also said revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status was a sovereign decision taken by the Indian Parliament and the country cannot accept any interference in its internal affairs. India asserted at the UN Human Rights Council, while strongly rejecting Pakistan's "malicious" campaign on the issue.
Recently, BJP national president Amit Shah assured the Assam unit of the party that measures will be taken to ensure that no illegal immigrant finds a place in the NRC.
The final NRC was published last month by excluding 19,06,657 people. A total of 3,11,21,004 names were included out of 3,30,27,661 applicants.
Singh, in a clear reference to Pakistan, said there was a need to call out those who are misusing the UNHRC for malicious political agenda under the garb of human rights.
"They cry victim when they actually are the perpetrators," she said, rejected Pakistan's charges against India on the issue at the 42nd session of the UNHRC.
She said the recent legislative measures taken by India in Jammu and Kashmir were within the framework of its Constitution.