Kerala Government Challenges Validity of CAA in Supreme Court

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Kerala Government led by CM Pinarayi Vijayan has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the Constitutional validity of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). The Kerela Government in its petition has stated that the amended legislation is against Articles 14, 21, and 25 of the Constitution of India and the basic principle of Secularism.

The Kerela Government becomes the first state government to move to the Apex Court against the Citizenship Act, to which several states have raised objection, and nationwide protests continue. Kerala State Assembly was also the first one to pass a resolution against the CAA. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had also requested 11 non-BJP chief ministers to pass a similar resolution against the new Citizenship law.

Over 60 writ petitions have been filed against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in the Supreme Court. The Apex Court will hear all the petitions on January 22.

The CAA allows non-Muslim minorities who came to India on or before 31st December 2014, from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, to easily become Indian citizens. The opposition has described CAA unconstitutional and against the secular fabric of India. Critics have also claimed that the implementation of CAA and nationwide NRC will lead to the segregation of Muslims. The Union government has assured that the legislation is not anti-Muslim and has nothing to do with Indian Muslims. The new legislation came into force from January 10, after a notification issued by the Home Ministry.

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