NRC coordinator files complaint: Hajela put national security at risk

The National Register of Citizens Coordinator (NRC) Assam HD Sarma on Thursday lodged a police complaint against his predecessor. Pratik Hajela for allegedly endangering “national security” while presiding over the NRC’s modernization process in the state.

sarma, Who took the position of state coordinator After Hajila’s transfer to Madhya Pradesh on the order of the Supreme Court in October 2019, it was alleged that the latter “facilitated the entry of names of ineligible persons into the NRC” by intentionally avoiding “mandatory quality checks”.

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In his complaint addressed to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Assam Police, and transcribed to the Home Office and Political Department, Sarma said that Hajela’s actions could be “treated not only as dereliction of duty, but as treason for his conduct of such activity which is likely to be threaten national security.”

Indian Express could not confirm if the complaint was registered by the police. Calls to AYV Krishna, ADGP, CID and Assam went unanswered. Senior officials in the Ministry of the Interior and the Political Department said they were not aware of Sarma’s letter of complaint.

In his complaint, Sarma alleges that Hajela ordered the use of software during the exercise’s “family tree” verification process that “prevented quality checks and facilitated entry of ineligible names into the NRC”.

To be included in the National Refugee Registry – which excluded 19 people – a person had to trace their ancestry back to someone who lived in Assam before 1971. The “family tree” verification process ensured that those who traced their ancestry back to a particular person were related to each other.

Sarma claimed that the process was flawed and that there were vulnerabilities in the software that could be tampered with. The complaint also attached a list of data entry operators that Sarma said were involved in “fraudulent activities” during the update process.

Another claim in the letter said that Hujaila included a number of people in the “indigenous” (OI) category and thus protected them from a second round of verification during the exercise. The OI designation was a fast way to be included in the NRC, and was given primarily to people with nicknames that were “original” to be Assamese. Sarma claimed that Hajela “deliberately avoided re-validation” of many of the names that were not actually an “OI”, facilitating her entry to the list. Hajela was not available for comment.

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