After the Kerala Legislative Assembly passes resolution against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) by the Kerala Legislative Assembly (CAA), the state government has moved the Supreme Court challenging the amended law. Kerala is the first state in the country to do so.
Significantly, there are protests all over the country against the CAA.
The Supreme Court has already filed 60 petitions against CAA and the matter is scheduled to be heard on 22 January.
In the petition, the Left Front-led Kerala government said that the new law violates several articles of the constitution, including the right to equality and that the law is against the basic principles of secularism enshrined in the constitution.
The state government has also challenged the validity of the changes made in the Passport Law and Foreigners (Amendment) Order in the year 2015.
The Act provides for citizenship to migrants from Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain and Zoroastrian communities. Under this law, refugees who came to India from three countries – Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014 – will be granted citizenship unless they are Muslim.
Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice BR On December 18, 2019, the bench of Gavai and Suryakant refused to stay the implementation of the law and decided to hear the matter further in January. The apex court has issued a notice to the central government in this regard. The top court will hear all the cases simultaneously on 22 January.