Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) Today Highlights: The Congress on Wednesday denied seeking an interim stay by the Supreme Court on the Citizenship Amendment act and said the Act was a “clear violation of the right to equality as prescribed in the Constitution”. Alleging “misinformation” being spread about it, the party asserted that the legislation goes against India’s global obligations. The reaction came after the Supreme Court earlier in the day decided to examine the constitutional validity of the CAA, but refused to stay its implementation.
Expressing solidarity with the protesting students of Madras University against the Citizenship Amendment Act, Makkal Needhi Maiam Chief Kamal Haasan Wednesday visited the varsity premises and assured them that he would continue to raise their voices. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today, leading a rally against the amended Citizenship Act, urged Home Minister Amit Shah to ensure the “country does not burn over the citizenship law”.
The new law grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Jains and Parsis who entered the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014. It has become controversial largely because it excludes Muslims. Petitioners have argued that the act is unconstitutional in that it classifies immigrants on the basis of religion.