Summary of Arguments on Day 5 (13th April 2017)

On 13th July 2017, the Co-ordinator for NRC submitted before the court that the draft NRC could be published on 31st December 2017, sooner than the date published earlier of 31st March, 2018. The bench wondered if the stand taken by the Co-ordinator was pursuant to the statement made by the Chief Minister of Assam that the draft NRC would be published before or on 31st December 2017. The court objected to the NRC office being influenced by other authorities but accepted the date of 31st December for draft NRC publication.