New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday agreed to hear a PIL seeking identification and deportation of all illegal immigrants and infiltrators including Bangladesh nationals and Rohingyas.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta took note of submission of lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay that his plea, which was filed in 2017, be listed for an urgent hearing. “It would be listed for hearing on July 9,” the bench, which also comprised Justice Deepak Gupta, said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Upadhyay, in his plea, has also favoured the Centre’s stand to identify and deport to Myanmar around 40,000 illegal Rohingya Muslims staying here. The plea has sought a direction to the Centre and the state governments to identify, detain and deport all illegal migrants and infiltrators, including Bangladesh nationals and Rohingyas. “The large-scale illegal migrants, particularly from Myanmar and Bangladesh, have not only threatened the demographic structure of bordering districts but have seriously impaired the security and national integration, particularly in the present circumstances,” the plea said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe plea alleged there was an organised influx of illegal immigrants from Myanmar through agents and touts facilitating illegal immigrants Rohingyas via Benapole-Haridaspur and Hilli (West Bengal), Sonamora (Tripura), Kolkata and Guwahati. “This situation is seriously harming the national security of the country,” it said. The apex court is also seized of a separate plea of two Rohingya immigrants, Mohammad Salimullah and Mohammad Shaqir, and the plea said that Rohingyas had taken refuge in India after escaping from Myanmar due to widespread discrimination, violence and bloodshed against the community there. Former RSS ideologue and Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan leader K N Govindacharaya had also moved the Supreme Court seeking to intervene in the pending PIL filed by Rohingyas. He had opposed the plea of two Rohingya refugees saying they are a burden on country’s resources and pose a serious threat to national security.
The Officer in Charge (OIC) of the traffic division of the Borella Police, IP Sarathchandra, was injured in a hit and run incident in Bambalapitiya today.The vehicle involved in the incident was said to be a Defender type jeep.
The Office of the Iraq Programme also reported today that Baghdad had earned €294 million (euros) or $260 million in revenue under the programme over the past week. Iraq sold 14.9 million barrels of crude at an average price of €19.70 or $17.55 each.Since the beginning of the programme on 10 December 1996, some $38.6 billion and €11.4 billion ($9.9 billion) in estimated revenue has been raised from the export of more than 2.7 billion barrels of oil, according to the Office. Almost $29.3 billion worth of humanitarian supply contracts have been approved since the start of the programme, including $2.5 billion worth of contracts for oil industry spare parts and equipment.So far, about $15.6 billion worth of humanitarian supplies and $953 million worth of oil industry spare parts and equipment have been delivered to Iraq, while another $11.2 billion worth of humanitarian supplies and $1.5 billion worth of oil spare parts and equipment are in the production and delivery pipeline.