Rohingya crisis: Security, population balance to decide course of action, says Jaitley

Bangladesh has for decades faced influxes of Rohingya fleeing persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar where the Rohingya are regarded as illegal migrants

The Myanmar government denies the term and refers to them as Bengalis, illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, representing the Rohingya at the Supreme Court hearing, said the Indian constitution "provides equal rights and liberty to every person" including non-citizens.

He told news agency ANI that if India decides to not allow Rohingyas then the worldwide community can not ask it to take allow refugees.

Bangladesh has given a "note verbale " to the Myanmar High Commissioner's office in Dhaka regarding use of land mines at the border between the two nations to prevent the Rohingyas from moving into Bangladesh.

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"It is submitted that continuance of Rohingyas' illegal immigration into India and their continued stay in India, apart from being absolutely illegal, is found to be having serious national security ramifications and has serious security threats", it said.

Speaking to reporters, she said that the country could not afford to give shelter to Rohingya Muslims.

He asked the present dispensation to grant Rohingya Muslims the refugee status on the same lines India granted it to Tibetans, Afghans and Lankans.

The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court not to interfere in the Rohingya issue as the move to deport them was a policy decision in the country's larger interests and that some of them were linked to Pakistani spy agency ISI and terrorist groups.

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"They will either be sent back to Myanmar as the situation improves [there] or [we] will send them to another country that matches with their way of living".

Some 400,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar in recent weeks, following Rohingya militant attacks on police posts in August that triggered military retaliation.

Rohingya Muslim refugees camp on a road near the Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh on September 19. "In the five or six years that we have been here, we have never felt that we are foreigners here nor have we ever felt any kind of fear", said Salimullah ahead of the case. The group also has ties with Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) cell in Jammu and Kashmir. Over 40,000 of those Rohingyas, who fled Myanmar, have entered India illegally, according to government's estimate.

The hearing will continue next month.

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