New Delhi, Aug 7 (UNI) The Supreme Court on Tuesday came down heavily on the Assam National Register of Citizens Coordinator Pratik Hajela and the Registrar General of India, saying both could be held guilty of contempt of court for making statements on the NRC, and restrained them from speaking to media without its approval.
“Are you in any manner concerned with claims and objections? You’re a court appointed officer. What have you said in the newspaper? How could you go to the press like this? I was appalled on reading this,” said Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, who was in the division bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
He was referring to the statements made by Hajela and the RGI to media on the issue of dealing with claims and objections of those who have been left out in the draft NRC.The bench asked why the NRC coordinator and the RGI made any statements to the media on the Assam NRC modalities when nothing had been informed to the court.
“We would have taken a sterner view but for the fact that you have a lot of work to do. Your job is to prepare an error free NRC,” said the court. “Your job is not to go to the press holding a brief for anyone.”