India cannot become refugee
capital of the world, Centre tells Supreme Court in Rohingya case
1 Feb, 2018
Centre has told the Supreme Court that it does not want the country to
become the refugee capital of the world. Additional Solicitor
General Tushar Mehta told this to a bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak
Misra, which was hearing a fresh plea by two Rohingya refugees alleging
that the BSF was using chilli and stun grenades to stop the refugees
from entering India.
The Additional Solicitor General said he needed time to respond to the
allegations made by the refugees. He, however, said everyone cannot be
allowed to cross the border and these matters are best left to the
government to decide.
The lawyer, appearing for the refugees, said the government must be
prevented from stopping more Rohingyas from entering India because of
the persecution faced by them in Myanmar. The court gave the
Centre time till the 7th of next month to respond to the fresh plea.