The Centre told the Supreme Court (SC) today told it has intelligence inputs of links between some Rohingya Muslims and Pakistan’s ISI and the Islamic State, making them “a serious security threat to the country”.
The Centre added in its affidavit in the Supreme Court that militant elements among the Rohingya are active in Delhi, Hyderabad, Mewar and Jammu. It added that it will place all intelligence inputs in a sealed envelope before SC on October 3 to prove its claim that Rohingyas are a security threat.
It added there is an “organised network of touts operating in Myanmar and West Bengal and Tripura to facilitate the influx of illegal Rohingya” refugees into India. The Centre said many Rohingya have “illegally” got voter identity cards and PAN cards, and some are “using the ‘hawala’ route to raise money for illegal activities”.
Still, there was an impressive line up of eminent lawyers present in the SC who appeared for the Rohingya refugees and against their deportation. They included Fali Nariman, Kapil Sibal, Rajeev Dhawan, Colin Gonsalves, Ashwani Kumar and Prashant Bhushan.
As well, the SC refused a plea to issue a notice to the National Human Rights Commission, which publicly supported the Rohingya Muslims and said it would argue against their deportation.
The Centre in its affidavit firmly argued for deporting the Rohingya refugees.