With SC Monitoring NRC Process, Can Police File Cases Against Hajela?
GUWAHATI: After the final draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) list was published on 30th July 2008, the Supreme Court had then expressed its displeasure with the NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela and Registrar General of India (RGI) Sailesh for speaking to the media reprimanding them for statements made to the media on the NRC modalities while nothing had been informed to the court. As a result, the NRC coordinator refrained from speaking to the media when the final draft list was published.
But, as soon as the NRC final list was published on 31st August last, various political parties are questioning the intent of the NRC coordinator and also slamming him for alleged “discrepancies” in the final NRC list.
All Assam Goriya-Moriya Yuva Chatra Parishad (AAGMYCP) filed an FIR and in the complaint, they alleged, “Even when people had correct documents NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela intentionally excluded the names of Goriya, Moriya and many indigenous sons of the soil.”
Reacting to such allegations and cases, a highly placed source working closely with the NRC secretariat, talking to G Plus said, “These cases will be quashed in the court of law.” The source also raised questions how the police can even file a case against the NRC process when the same is being monitored by the Supreme Court of India.
Reacting to the statement, the police said that the cases are registered according to certain Supreme Court guidelines.
Commissioner of Police, Deepak Kumar, talking to G Plus said, “It is according to the Supreme Court guidelines that the police need to register all the FIRs and accordingly an FIR was registered as the complainant came to us with the complaint.” On being asked if the case will be investigated, he said that the investigation will be done according to the law.
In Dibrugarh, the police registered a case against Hajela and other NRC officials on the complaint of businessman Chandan Mazumdar who was upset over his exclusion despite his mother making it to the list.
In Guwahati, a case was registered under sections 167, 506 and 34 of the IPC after a complaint from AAGMYCP.
The law will take its own course but the question remains that when the apex court is monitoring a process, can the process be questioned or protested against as NRC is a mammoth process which took around four years to be completed?
File photo of Prateek Hajela