Guwahati: The Assam cabinet on Wednesday decided that a new case will not be registered in the Foreign Tribunal against members of the Gorkha community in the state. A cabinet meeting led by Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has also decided to withdraw the current cases registered against the members of the community.
According to the organization representing the Gorkhas, there are about 2.5 million Gorkha in Assam. About 22,000 people of the community have been identified as 'suspicious voters.' Nearly one lakh Gorkha failed to make it to the final NRC list. In fact, 'suspicious voters' are a category of voters in Assam who have been denied voting due to lack of citizenship and have been barred from contesting and voting.
The Union Home Ministry's September 24, 2018 notice said, "The Gorkha community, who were Indian citizens at the time of the commencement of the Constitution, or who are Indian citizens by birth, or who have obtained Indian citizenship according to registration or Desikaran. The provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 are not "foreigners" in terms of Section 2 (A) of the Foreigners Act, 1946 as well as the Registration of Foreigners Act, 1939, so such cases will not be referred to the Foreigners Tribunal.