The Supreme Court of India has issued a notice to Centre due to a bunch of petitions challenging the Citizenship Amendment Act. The court has, however, refused to stay the law which was enacted by the Parliament.
❍ Bunch of Petitions:
Some recent protests which have been aggravated by the politicians, celebrities and activists for their own self interest by spreading wrong message in the society, they had been provoking the violence with the support of group of people which is famous by the name tukde tukde gang.
The doctor Kafeel Khan, has now been retained for allegedly giving a provocative speech at the open talk in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. Few days back, he had been given the headlines space in Gorakhpur after the death of 60 children in the BRD hospital in 2017.
ANI has reported six people have been arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with the incident of violence and stone-pelting in Seelampur on Tuesday. Raids are being conducted to apprehend some other people who have also been identified. Delhi Police had filed three FIRs in connection with the violence in Jaffrabad and Brijpuri.
No fresh incident of violence over amended citizenship law was reported in West Bengal said by police. However, a senior police officer and two other personnel were injured when a group of agitators threw crude bombs at them in Sankrail area of Howrah district on Tuesday night.
Former Congress MLA Asif Khan has been named as an accused in the FIR for his alleged involvement in the Jamia Millia Islamia incident that took place on 15th December.
An association representing the Assamese community in North America said that the recently enacted Citizenship Amendment Act will adversely impact people of Assam and the northeast. In a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Assam Association of North America urged that the Assam Accord of 1985 be implemented in its entirety, where it should exist over the Act in case of any conflict.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would lead two more rallies against the amended Citizenship Act in Kolkata on Thursday and Friday. The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union claimed that a police post had entered in the varsity’s premises and that police cops were entering campus like they had done in Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel by reproving the BJP-led central government over the Citizenship Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), said that if the NRC is implemented, then he will be the first person not to sign it. On the other hand, Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari clarified the Citizenship Act has nothing to do with the Muslims living in India.
Sharing a video of a stone-pelting incident in Delhi, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh asked if Home Minister Amit Shah gave the cops the permission to so the same. He criticised the government for pelting stones, when that is what they criticised the Kashmiris for.
Petitions against Citizenship Amendment Act will come up for hearing in Supreme Court at around 11.30 am. The petitions have been filed by various political parties, including Congress, Indian Union Muslim League and Trinamool Congress. Former bureaucrats, NGOs and students are among the other petitioners.
On Tuesday, violent clashes had broken out in the Delhi as students, opposition leaders and activists across the country continued with their protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, even as the government asserted it is “firm” on the implementation of the arguable law, and the Supreme Court refused a plea to set up an enquiry panel to probe the violence.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi blamed the “Congress and its friends” of scattering lies over the new law and also appealed students to try and analyse whether they were being used in a “conspiracy” in the same way as “urban Naxals” and others were “using their shoulders” to serve their own interests.
Home Minister Amit Shah said there was no question of going back on its implementation and expressed confidence about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) standing legal inspection.