Hiren Go­hain, Oth­ers Move SC Against Cit­i­zen­ship Bill

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

In­tel­lec­tu­als from As­sam, in­clud­ing writer Hiren Go­hain, moved the Supreme Court on Mon­day chal­leng­ing a re­cent change in pass­port rules and the Cit­i­zen­ship (Amend­ment) Bill, 2019, which would al­low non-Mus­lim mi­grants who ar­rived in In­dia on or be­fore De­cem­ber 31, 2014, to stay on as In­dian cit­i­zens. The court re­fused to deal ur­gently with the pe­ti­tion and urged the pe­ti­tion­ers to wait un­til the bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha, be­comes an Act. “These rules came in 2015. Where were you since then? The bill is yet to be­come an Act,” a three-judge bench led by CJI Ran­jan Go­goi ob­served. “Is this the ap­pro­pri­ate time?” The bench then ad­journed the hear­ing in­def­i­nitely. The pe­ti­tion was filed by the Na­garikatwa Ain Song­sod­han Birodhi Man­cha, an en­tity set up re­cently to re­sist the bill. Among those who chal­lenged the bill were jour­nal­ist Man­jit Ma­hanta and poet and critic Harekr­ishna Deka. They made the Cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments and the min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs par­ties to the pe­ti­tion.

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