Owaisi files PIL before Apex court challenging the CAA

 Says AIMIM will fight this battle to preserve a plural, secular constitutional democracy

By   |  Published: 14th Dec 2019  11:04 pmUpdated: 15th Dec 2019  12:59 am
Asaduddin Owaisi

Hyderabad: The All India Majlis e Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court, urging it to declare Sections 2, 3, 5 and 6 of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, as unconstitutional, null and void.

Later, Owaisi tweeted: “I have filed a PIL before the SC and the AIMIM will fight this battle to preserve a plural, secular constitutional democracy in Bharat. The fight will be before every possible forum and using every constitutional tool available to us.”

In the 30 page petition submitted to the court, the Hyderabad MP challenged the constitutional validity of the Ministry of Home Affairs Notification (2015) amending the Passport Rules of 1950, notification amending the Foreigners Order (2015), and HA Notifications (2016) extending the protection to nationals from Afghanistan.

“The Amendment Act primarily aims to alter the current Citizenship Act, 1955, to provide for acquisition of Indian citizenship for a certain category of ‘illegal migrants’ from only Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, who had been granted certain exemptions earlier under the Impugned Notifications. In doing so, it lays down qualifying criteria that fail to pass the tests laid down for such laws in Part III of the Constitution,” the petition reads.

Owaisi argued that the notifications and the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, which welcome immigrants into the territory of India selectively on the basis of their religion, and pointedly exclude Muslims, offend the principle of “constitutional morality.”

“This Court, as the sentinel of our Constitution, has a burden higher than ever before to satisfy its conscience that the impugned actions of the government and of Parliament are in keeping with this guiding spirit and “soul” of our Constitution embodied by the principle of constitutional morality,” the petition stated.

SC must intervene in CAB implementation: Vinod

Hyderabad: Vice-chairman of Telangana State Planning Board (TSPB) B Vinod Kumar on Saturday said the Citizenship Amendment Act that the NDA government got passed in Parliament was against the constitutional spirit and will interfere with the fundamental rights of the people in the country. He felt the BJP government brought the amendments to the Citizenship Act with political motives and cannot be linked to economic slowdown.

Addressing the second meeting of Telangana Chapter of All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation here, Vinod Kumar said the States have no role in implementation of the amended Citizenship Act. He reacted to a request from CPM State secretary Thammineni Veerabhadram seeking the State government to announce that it will not implement the Act. “Five Chief Ministers made an announcement that they will not implement the Act, but it is politically motivated. The States have no role in implementing the Act,” he reiterated.

The TSPB Vice-chairman emphasised the need for intervention of the Supreme Court and allay fears of citizens by providing necessary clarifications on the objections against certain provisions of the amended Citizenship Act. He pointed out that allowing citizenship to select refugees from neighbouring countries on the basis of religion would prove dangerous to the fundamentals of the Constitution.

“Under the new guise of imperialism, there are conspiracies all over the world to create havoc with nuclear weapons and clashes in the name of religion, which should be effectively repelled by developed nations like the US where youth is propagating socialism seeking equality for all. People from all countries must make efforts for peace and it must start from one’s home by instilling spirit of universal brotherhood among youngsters,” he added.

CPI former national general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, TDP State president L Ramana, CPM State secretary Thammineni Veerabhadram, Congressleaders Yadava Reddy, lyricist Suddala Ashok Teja and others also spoke on the occasion.

Muslim groups call to boycott NRC, CAB

Hyderabad: Various Muslim organisations on Saturday unanimously opposed the Union government move to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) across the country.

During a round table discussion held here, representatives of the organisations described NRC as unconstitutional and an attempt towards making India a Hindu nation. “We are ready to make sacrifices for protecting the democracy of the country as NRC and Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) are blatant attempts to burn the secular fabric of the country,” they said.

The meeting was organised by Tahreek Muslim Shabban and called for boycotting the CAB and to reject the pan-India implementation of contentious NRC.

UP IN ARMS: During a round table discussion, various Muslim organisations described NRC as unconstitutional.

Mushtaq Malik, president, Tahreek Muslim Shabban, said the government had “malafide intentions to crush the religious freedom of Muslims. The CAB and NRC will be highly disruptive, creating social tension and putting further strain on the economy and the social fabric of this country”.

Representatives from Jamiat ul Ulema e Hind, Jamiat e Ahle Hadees, Popular Front of India, Wahadat –e- Islami, SDP, Insaaf and Awaz, Majlis Bachao Tehreek, and other organizations participated in the meeting.

The organisations appealed to the citizens to extend support and cooperate in the fight to protect the existence and identity of the Muslim community in the country. It was decided to hold public meetings and peaceful protests to educate people about NRC and explain why Muslims should boycott the Citizenship Amendment Bill and NRC throughout the country.

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