Assam National Register of Citizens Only A Draft, No Action Against Those Left Out: Supreme Court

The Assam citizenship list is only a draft and no action would be taken on its basis, the Supreme Court said today. Fair procedure will be adopted to settle all claims and objections, the court added, asking the government to submit procedures for examining claims and counter claims.

The draft list of citizens, which leaves out 40 lakh people, has triggered huge protests inside parliament and out. While the people in Assam are apprehensive of action, opposition parties have accused the government of targetting Muslims, using illegal migrants as a pretext.

The draft list will be made available to public on August 7 and those not on it can file claims and objections from August 30 to September 28, the top court said today.

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