Judiciary ‘targeted’ after NRC final draft
GUWAHATI: As soon as the final draft list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published on 30th July 2018, some people whose names did not appear in the list started slamming the government and the entire NRC process.
Even the opposition political parties did not leave any stone unturned to take mileage - Trinamool Congress leaders from West Bengal even went to the extent of reaching Silchar to “instigate” the people who had been left out of the final draft.
The situation is being seen as an attack on the judiciary as a person has filed a contempt case against the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) MLA, Aminul Islam from Dhing constituency, for defaming the judicial system.
The petitioner, Pran Bora, has filed a contempt petition before the Gauhati High Court on the basis of a media report published in a vernacular daily.
The petitioner, who is also an advocate, stated in his petition that in the vernacular daily, extremely adverse remarks have been made against Justice Ujjal Bhuyan in respect of his decisions rendered in various matters pertaining to foreigners.
The petitioner stated in the petition that the article was published on the dictum of contemnor (Aminul Islam), who, by calling a press conference, had made the adverse remarks against the judge.
According to the petition, Islam, in a press conference in Moirabari, said that discrepancies exist in the case of the Advisor of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Dr Samujjal Bhattacharyya and Justice Ujjal Bhuyan himself, and has stated that if a case is filed against them and a trial is held, the judge would have to declare himself as a foreigner.
According to the petition, Islam alleged that if government documents and a little difference in case of name and age in the voters’ lists are considered to be the basis of identification of foreigners, the voters’ list of Part 156, house number 1739 of Pub Guwahati Legislative Constituency, 2018 which contains the name of AASU advisor, Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya and the members of his family from serial number 748 to 760 itself is showing three different names of Bhattacharyya’s father.
The petition moreover revealed that Islam also gave a similar example in the case of Justice Bhuyan whose name is listed in the voters’ list of Part 116, House number 151 of Pub Guwahati Legislative Constituency from serial number 346 to 349.
It needs to be mentioned that Bhuyan is the judge who was dealing with the cases of declared foreigners and their siblings. Bhuyan’s order had backed the state coordinator for NRC, Prateek Hajela’s order to the police to verify the siblings of the declared foreigners.
According to the petition, Islam, in the press conference, had said that in connection with various cases, foreigners’ tribunals have declared many people as foreigners upon finding discrepancies in the case of name and age of a person. Islam said that discrepancies of name and age of a person are created by none other than the government officials. So it is not acceptable if a person is declared foreigner only on the basis of differences found in the aspect of his name and age.
The allegations are being taken as an attack on the judiciary and the NRC updation process. Standing counsel for the NRC coordinator, Anita Verma said, “It is totally unfair on the part of a public representative to pass such comments against the judiciary and the judges.”
AASU advisor, Dr. Samujjal Bhattacharyya, reacting to the allegations said, “We have full faith in the judiciary. They (AIUDF) want to save the illegal foreigners. Assam is for Indians and not for foreigners.”
The AIUDF MLA from Dhing will appear before the court soon, said a source in the Gauhati High Court.