Muslim League moves SC against granting citizenship based on religion


B Balagopal / Mathrubhumi News

New Delhi: The Muslim League approached the supreme court against the central government's move to grant citizenship to the non-Muslim refugees of 13 districts in 5 states of the country. They demanded that the notification issued by the Centre inviting applications for citizenship should be stayed urgently.
The fresh plea was filed in the Supreme court based on the petition of Muslim League general secretary P K Kunhalikutty questioning the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The plea filed via Adv Harris Beeran points out that the move to grant citizenship on the basis of religios is violation of right to equality.
The Ministry of Home Affairs invited application for citizenship on the basis of rules in 2009 based on the Citizenship Act, 1955. However, citizenship cannot be granted on the basis of religion as per the Act of 1955, Muslim League pointed out in the petition.
Earlier, the central government had assured the supreme court that the CAA will not be implemented. But violating this assurance, they are trying to implement the law of 2019 through shortcuts, the League stated.
It is noted in the plea that if the court quashes the CAA, those who obtained citizenship as per the application filed now, will lose the same.
The refugees in 13 districts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Punjab are given the chance to apply for citizenship. Those belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Jain, Buddhist and Parsi communities can apply. The district collectors will take the decision on their citizenship.

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