New citizenship law challenged in Supreme Court

New Delhi: As the fires of unrest raged in Assam and other northeastern states, senior Indian National Congress leader Jairam Ramesh filed a petition before the Supreme Court on Friday challenging the new citizenship law framed by Parliament.
He contended that the law to benefit minorities fleeing religious persecution in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh is illegal, null, void and unconstitutional and a violation of Articles 14, 21 and many others of the Indian Constitution.
Many other individuals and groups have filed petitions challenging the new law before the top court till 1800 hrs today.
‘There is an audacious and dishonest attempt ‘de-hyphenate’ the Citizenship Amendment and the exercise of initiating National Register of Citizens…’ Mr Ramesh asserted in his Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court today.
He sought appropriate orders or directions from the top court declaring and quashing the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 as unconstitutional,
“The Supreme Court should pass appropriate writ, order or direction declaring that Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 is ultra vires the Assam Accord of 1985 and the Constitution of India,” the petition of Mr Ramesh stated.
The petition and many others on the issue had been filed and may come up for hearing in one to three weeks, as per a source in the top court registry.
At least three deaths have been reported due to the agitation in the NE, several parts of which have been brought under curfew and a communication blackout.