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The Foreigners (Tribunals) (Amendment) Order, 2019 - Notified

Ministry of Home Affairs, Order dated the 30th May, 2019 (Date of its publication in the Official Gazette: 4th June, 2019).—

G.S.R. 409(E).—In exercise of the powers conferred by section 3 of the Foreigners Act, 1946 (31 of 1946), the Central Government hereby makes the following order further to amend the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964, namely:-

1. (1) This order may be called the Foreigners (Tribunals) Amendment Order, 2019.
(2) It shall come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

2. In the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964,─

(A) in paragraph 2,─

(a) in sub-para 1, for the words “the Central Government may,”, the words “the Central Government or the State Government or the Union territory administration or the District Collector or the District Magistrate may,” shall be substituted;

(b) in sub-para (1A), for the words, figures and letters “rule 16F of the Citizenship Rules, 1956”, the words and figures “rule 19 of the Citizenship Rules, 2009” shall be substituted;

(c) after sub-para (1A), the following sub-para shall be inserted, namely :-
 “(1B) Any person referred to in paragraph 8 of the Schedule to the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003 may prefer an appeal, on the terms and conditions specified therein, before the designated Tribunal constituted under this Order.”.

(B) Paragraph 3A shall be re-numbered as Paragraph 3C and before the Paragraph 3C as so renumbered, the following Paragraphs shall be inserted, namely:─

3A. Procedure for disposal of appeal referred toin sub-para (1B) of paragraph 2.─(1) While preferring an appeal, the applicant shall provide a certified copy of the rejection order received from the National Register of Indian Citizens hereinafter referred to as NRC authorities along with the grounds for appeal.
(2) The Appellant may appear either in person or through a legal practitioner or a relation authorised by the Appellant in writing subject to the acceptance of such representation by the Tribunal.
(3) The State Government may appoint a pleader to represent the District Magistrate.
(4) The Tribunal shall issue a notice to the District Magistrate to produce NRC Records within thirty days from date of receipt of the notice and a copy of the said notice shall also be sent to the pleader appearing for the Government and to the Appellant.
(5) The District Magistrate shall provide the NRC records in original including the Application Form and documents submitted by the Appellant and orders passed by the NRC authorities to the pleader appearing for the Government against the claims or objections filed by the Appellant.
(6) The District Magistrate may also refer to the Tribunal for its opinion the question as to whether the Appellant is a foreigner or not within the meaning of the Foreigners Act, 1946 (31of 1946), in terms of sub-para (1) of paragraph 2. In case ofsuch reference to the Tribunal, it shall be deemed as a reference to the Tribunal in terms of sub-para (1) of paragraph 2, the Tribunal shall examine the said reference along with the Appeal.
(7) Persons against whom a reference has already been made by the competent authority to any Foreigners Tribunal shall not be eligible to file the appeal before the Tribunal.
(8) If any Foreigners Tribunal has already given opinion about a person earlier as a foreigner, such person shall not be eligible to file an appeal to any Tribunal.
(9) On behalf of the District Magistrate, the pleader shall produce the NRC records before the Tribunal and also the reference mentioned in sub-para (6).
(10) Upon production of the records, if the Tribunal finds merit in the Appeal, it shall issue notice to the Appellant and the District Magistrate for hearing specifying the date of hearing and such date shall be within thirty days from the date of production of the records.
(11) The District Magistrate may depute an officer as authorised representative to act on his behalf in any proceeding before the Tribunal.
(12) During the hearing, the Tribunal shall give the Appellant, the pleader appearing for the Government and the authorised representative of the District Magistrate, if any, a reasonable opportunity to present their case including the filing of any representation or producing documents or evidence in support of their case.
(13) While disposing the appeal or reference mentioned in sub-para (6), the Tribunal shall be guided by sub-paras (9), (11) and (12) of paragraph 3 of this Order.
(14) After hearing the Appellant, the pleader appearing for the Government and the authorised representative of the District Magistrate, if any, the Tribunal shall dispose of the appeal and the reference from the District Magistrate mentioned in sub-para (6) by recording its opinion.
(15) The final order of the Tribunal shall contain its opinion on the matter whether the Appellant is eligible for inclusion in the NRC or not. It shall also contain the opinion of the Tribunal on the reference of the District Magistrate mentioned in sub-para (6). The final order of the Tribunal shall be a concise statement of facts and conclusion based on which the Tribunal has arrived at such an opinion.
(16) The final order of the Tribunal containing its opinion shall be given within a period of one hundred and twenty days from the date of production of the records.
(17) Subject to the provision of this Order, the Tribunal shall have the power to regulate its own procedure for disposal of the cases expeditiously in a time bound manner.

3B. Procedure for disposal of cases in case of persons referred in sub-para (1B) of paragraph 2 not preferring an appeal.─In case a person referred to in paragraph 8 of the Schedule to the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003 does not prefer an appeal within the period of sixty days before the designated Tribunal constituted under this Order, the authority mentioned in sub-para (1) of paragraph 2 of this Order may refer to the Tribunal for its opinion the question whether the said personis a foreigner or notwithin the meaning of the Foreigners Act, 1946 (31 of 1946) in terms of sub-para (1) of paragraph 2 of this Order. On receipt of such a reference, the Tribunal shall examine the same as per the procedure laid down in paragraph 3A of this Order.”



Note:—The principal Order was published in the Gazette of India Extraordinary, Part II Section 3, Sub-section (i) vide number G.S.R. 1401, dated the 23rd September, 1964 and subsequently amended vide notifications numbers G.S.R. 1535 dated the 30th September, 1965; G.S.R. 203(E) dated the 15th January, 1986; G.S.R. 317(E) dated the 24th April, 2012; and G.S.R. 770(E) dated the 10th December, 2013.

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