The Supreme Court will hear on Monday a plea challenging central government’s decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants to Myanmar. The plea has been filed by two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir. Both of them are registered refugees under the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR).
Their plea claims that deportation of the refugees would be in contradiction with the principle of ‘Non-Refoulement’, recognised as a principle of Customary International law. However, on September 8, former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya had filed a plea seeking identification and deportation of Rohingya Muslim refugees.
In his plea, Govindacharya has claimed that the Rohingyas are a threat to India’s national security. Rohingyas have been allegedly attacked by the Myanmar army which in turn has led to an exodus of Rohingyas in that country to India and Bangladesh.
Many of those who had fled to India after the earlier spate of violence, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.
Earlier, India has announced that it plans to deport an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees living illegally in the country. The government said that even those registered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees would be deported.