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NOTICE ISSUED BY SUPREME COURT TO THE CENTRE ON PIL OPPOSING THE CITIZENSHIP (AMENDMENT) BILL

Team SoOLEGAL 6 Mar 2019 1:54pm

NOTICE ISSUED BY SUPREME COURT TO THE CENTRE ON PIL OPPOSING THE CITIZENSHIP (AMENDMENT) BILL

A notice was issued by a bench comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna on the plea filed by Assam State Jamiat Ulama E Hind. The present petition was ordered to be tagged with similar pending petition of "Nagarikatwa Aain Songsudhan Birodhi Mancha" (Forum Against Citizenship Act Amendment Bill).

About the Bill

The Bill was passed in Lok Sabha on 8th January and provides for giving citizenship status to the Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, after six years of residence in India instead of the 12 years currently, even if they do not possess any document. Relief to the maltreated migrants is also provided under the Bill who came through the western borders to states like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh.

But the Bill was opposed on the ground that the Bill focuses on religion as the basis of getting citizenship. The term given to the Bill was "communally motivated humanitarianism".

The PIL stated:

"Never before has religion been specifically identified in the citizenship law as a ground for distinguishing between citizens and non-citizens. It has introduced religion as a new principle into the citizenship law and can be conveniently branded as 'communally motivated humanitarianism.
The amendment defeats the purpose of the accord and opens the floodgates to more illegal immigration and consequently, increases claims on diminishing resources. The transformation of migrants, hitherto perceived as illegal encroachers, into legitimate citizens cannot be justified."

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought response from the Centre on a fresh plea which challenged the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Tagged: CitizenshipBill   Amendment   SupremeCourt   CJIRanjanGogoi   JusticeSanjivKhanna  
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