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    Kerala Becomes First State To Move Supreme Court Against CAA

    The Kerala government led by Pinarayi Vijayan mentioned in the petition that the CAA is against the provisions of Right to Equality granted by the Indian Constitution

    Kerala has become the first state to challenge the new Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) before the Supreme Court.

    The Kerala Left-led government in its petition stated that the CAA is a violation of several articles of the Constitution of India. The Kerala government led by Pinarayi Vijayan also mentioned in the petition that the amended law is against the provisions of Right to Equality and the basic principle of secularism in the constitution.

    As per the CAA, the members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have entered India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31st, 2014 facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship. As many as 60 petitions have been filed in the top court against the CAA.

    Chief Justice of India (CJI) S A Bobde on January 9th, 2020 said that the Court will hear the challenge to the constitutionality of the CAA only after the violence which erupts across the country against the legislation stops.

    CJI Bobde stated that the country is already going through difficult times, and the effort should be to restore peace. He added that petitions that want the top court to declare the CAA as constitutional do not help the cause.

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