The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to extend the deadline for publication of the final National Register of Citizens or the NRC in Assam and directed the Centre to complete the work by May 31.

The Apex Court said that the work of the verification of around one crore citizens in the State should continue without interference from any quarter.

A bench comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and RF Nariman said that it would monitor the progress of the NRC work in Assam after 30 days.

The bench has listed the matter for further hearing on March 27.

Earlier, the first draft of NRC for Assam was published in December end as per the Apex Court’s direction to come out with the first draft NRC by December 31, 2017.

The Supreme Court had said that claims of those citizens, whose names do not figure in the draft NRC for Assam published by December 31, would be scrutinised and included in the subsequent list, if found genuine.