Rohingya refugees flee Myanmar. Photo: Economic Times

Viewing Rohingya refugees as a national security threat to India, the central government has asked the Supreme Court to not interfere with the deportation of members of Myanmar’s Muslim minority group, which it says is an “executive policy decision.”

Filing an affidavit at the apex court on the issue, the Union Home Ministry said the government had a“constitutional obligation to deport any illegal immigrants” and that allowing the refugees to remain in India would encourage an influx of other such illegal immigrants fleeing persecution, Economic Times reported.

Rohingya community members were “indulging in anti-national activities” and channeling laundered money, the government said in its affidavit on a petition filed by two men challenging the deportation of the Rohingyas to Myanmar, where they face grave danger.

A three-judge bench hearing the case observed that it would have to first examine whether it had the jurisdiction to deal with the issue before issuing a notice on the deportation issue.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh later said the final call on the future of Rohingyas would, however, be taken by the court, which will hear the case on Oct 3, NDTV reported.