Supreme Court on Rohingya case: 'Balance needs to be struck between national interests and human rights'

13 October 2017, 04:08 PM

The Supreme Court has granted more time to all the parties involved in the Rohingya Muslims matter and said that it will hear the case on November 21.

The apex court said that a balance has to be struck between human rights & national interests. Further, CJI Dipak Misra observed that our constitutional ethos makes us lean sympathetically towards humanitarian issues. The court also observed that no Rohingya refugees should be deported until the next date of hearing in the case

" As a Constitutional court, we cannot be oblivious to the plight of women, children", said SC. 

Earlier, the apex court had said that it will hear the petition filed by Rohingya Muslims challenging the government’s stand to deport them back to Myanmar on Friday.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra asked the Centre and the two Rohingya Muslim refugees, who had filed the petition, to compile all documents and international conventions before the date of hearing for assisting it.

The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said it will hear in details various aspects of the matter including the Centre's preliminary objection that the issue fell under the domain of the executive and hence was "not justiciable".

Senior advocate Fali S Nariman, appearing for the petitioner Rohingya refugees, opposed the government stand and said the petition under Article 32 was maintainable as the Constitution guaranteed individual rights.

First Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 03:04 PM
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