Base document for future: CJI defends NRC

Updated: Nov 04, 2019, 12:22 IST | Agencies | New Delhi

Justice Gogoi, who hails from Assam and is heading an apex court bench monitoring the process of NRC in Assam, was also critical of "arm chair commentators

Ranjan Gogoi, CJI
Ranjan Gogoi, CJI

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on Sunday defended the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam, saying prior to this there was "guesswork" on the number of illegal immigrants in the state that "had fuelled panic, fear and vicious cycle of lawlessness and violence" and it would be a base document for future.

Justice Gogoi, who hails from Assam and is heading an apex court bench monitoring the process of NRC in Assam, was also critical of "arm chair commentators" who, he said, are not only far away from the ground reality but also present a highly distorted picture due to which Assam and its development agenda have taken a hit. Regarding the NRC exercise, he said, "It is an occasion to put things in proper perspective. The NRC is not a document for the moment.

19 lakhs or 40 lakhs does not matter. It is a base document for the future. It is a document to which one can refer to determine future claims. This in my comprehension is intrinsic value of the NRC." Justice Gogoi, who was speaking during inauguration of book 'Post Colonial Assam (1947-2019)' authored by veteran journalist Mrinal Talukdar, lamented that "careless" and "irresponsible reporting by a few media outlet only worsened the situation."

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