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Bombay HC refuses to hear PIL against CAA

An anti CAA protest in Bengaluru on 20th January 2020.

An anti CAA protest in Bengaluru on 20th January 2020.   | Photo Credit: Bhagya Prakash K

The Division Bench said the Supreme Court was already hearing petitions pertaining to the issue.

The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on January 22 refused to hear a public interest litigation (PIL) challenging constitutional validity of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), saying the Supreme Court is already hearing petitions pertaining to the issue.

A Division Bench of Justices R.K. Deshpande and A.M. Borkar permitted the petitioner, social worker Urmila Kowe, to approach the apex court.

The Bench noted that since there were similar petitions against the CAA pending before the Supreme Court, it would not be proper for the High Court to interfere.

Ms. Kowe, in her PIL, alleged that CAA was “arbitrary, unreasonable and violative to the Constitution of India”.

“The Citizenship (Amendment) Act is violative of the secular nature of the Constitution of India and is discriminatory,” the petition said.

The CAA covers only a class of minorities and overlooks other reportedly persecuted religious groups, it said.

“The Act is arbitrary, unreasonable, irrational and violative of the fundamental rights of every citizen. The Preamble to the Constitution of India lays down that the State has no religion and there cannot be any discrimination among citizens,” the PIL further said.

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