NRC | Hajela admits to legacy data anomalies


NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela Tuesday admitted anomalies in connection with submission of legacy data for the update of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and that legacy data codes were even “traded”.

The sensational development came during the hearing in the case at the Supreme Court where the top NRC officer admitted about the said anomalies.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday fixed new date for submission of claims, objection and correction forms of National Register of Citizens (NRC). Hearing the NRC update issue, the apex court directed the NRC authorities to accept claims and objections forms from September 7 instead of August 30.

The two-judge bench comprising justice Ranjan Gogoi and Rohinton Fali Nariman while hearing the case also fixed September 5 as the next date of hearing.

The reason the top court cited for the deferment is that it had some doubts about the contradictions in procedure for the receipt of claims and objections. It also said it would also like to conduct a sample re-verification of 10 percent of NRC data, district-wise, by independent teams to satisfy itself that no error has crept into draft NRC.

The apex court also sought a report from NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela about why those claiming inclusion be allowed to give fresh documents that could change their earlier claimed family tree.

Those who didn’t make it to the final draft list were given a right to appeal, that is, the right to make claims and objections to be included on the NRC list.