SC issues notice to Centre on plea against CAB

NEW DELHI, Mar 5: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought response from the Centre on a fresh plea challenging the citizenship amendment bill (CAB), which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna issued notice on the plea filed by the Assam State Jamiat Ulama E Hind, and ordered its tagging with similar pending petition of the Nagarikatwa Aain Songsudhan Birodhi Mancha (Forum Against Citizenship Act Amendment Bill).
The apex court had on 27 February issued notice on the plea filed by the Forum Against Citizenship Act Amendment Bill, which had sought to declare the Passport (Entry into India) Amendment Rules, 2015, and the Foreigners (Amendment) Order as “discriminatory, arbitrary and illegal.”
Prior to this, it had decided to keep the plea pending saying that it would be taken up “only after the citizenship act amendment bill, consideration of which is now stated to be pending before the Rajya Sabha, reaches its finality.”
Passed in the Lok Sabha on 8 January, the bill provides for according Indian citizenship to the Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, after six years of residence in India instead of the 12 years currently, even if they do not possess any document. (PTI)