Less than 24 hours after its passage from the Rajyasabha the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) has got a petition filed against it in the Supreme Court (SC). Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has filed a petition in SC against the bill that aims to grant Indian citizenship to people from Hindu, Sikh, Jain Buddhist, Christian and Parsi faiths who entered India from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
IUML MP from Malappuram PK Kunhalikutty said the legislation was against the basic principles of the Constitution. Senior Congress leader and Supreme Court advocate Kapil Sibal would represent the case in the apex judiciary.
The bill that has led to violent protests in the northeast, particularly Assam, was passed by Loksabha with 311 Ayes and 80 noes on Monday before its tabling in the Rajyasabha yesterday.
In a long discussion in Rajyasbha, the bill sailed through with 125 Ayes and 105 noes and is set to become a law once it gets the Presidential assent. The bill is heavily criticized for setting a religion based criteria for “citizenship” and being unconstitutional.
Protest in the northeast has been centered around the influx of the migrants from bordering Bangladesh who would get the citizenship and would compete with the locals for limited opportunities and resources.