Trinamool Congress’ Mahua Moitra Moves Supreme Court Challenging Amended Citizenship Act
All India Trinamool Congress Member of Parliament Mahua Moitra moved the Supreme Court challenging the amended Citizenship Act, which got Presidential assent on Thursday night.
Moitra's counsel mentioned the matter on Friday for urgent listing before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, who asked him to approach the mentioning officer. Moitra’s counsel told the bench that the plea be listed either during the day or on Dec. 16.
President Ram Nath Kovind had on Thursday night gave his assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, turning it into an Act. According to the Act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till Dec. 31, 2014, and facing religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.
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