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Orlando Sentinel - - NATION & WORLD -

A con­tro­ver­sial re­li­gion-based ci­ti­zen­ship act will have to pass the scru­tiny of the na­tion’s top court, even as Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s gov­ern­ment pledged to push ahead and im­ple­ment the law.

A three-judge bench agreed to ex­am­ine the le­gal­ity of the leg­is­la­tion af­ter more than 50 pe­ti­tions were filed by ac­tivists, lawyers, stu­dent groups, Mus­lim bod­ies and politi­cians.

The move may calm pro­test­ers who have called the law dis­crim­i­na­tory be­cause it bars un­doc­u­mented Mus­lims from Pak­istan, Afghanista­n and Bangladesh from seek­ing ci­ti­zen­ship but al­lows Hin­dus, Sikhs, Bud­dhists, Jains, Par­sis and Chris­tians from these re­gions to do so.

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