IUML plea to stay CAA implementation

Party cites U.P. government’s action to grant citizenship to 40,000 migrants

The exercise of granting citizenship to undocumented migrants on the basis of their religion has already started under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019.

The Supreme Court has to intervene and immediately stay the implementation of the Act before it is too late, the Indian Union Muslim League urged the court on Thursday.

Just three days after the government notified the implementation of the CAA on January 10, the Uttar Pradesh government promptly sent a list of 40,000 illegal migrants for grant of citizenship.

“It would be in the interest of justice to stay the operation of the Amendment Act. It has come into force. State of Uttar Pradesh’s prompt action to collect the data of non-Muslim illegal migrants shows that exercise of granting citizenship under the CAA is already under way,” said the application filed by advocates Haris Beeran and Pallavi Pratap.

Letting the CAA continue in operation till the Supreme Court delivered a final judgment would render the cause fait accompli as citizenship once granted could not be withdrawn, the application contended.

The IUML, which forms part of the United Democratic Front in Kerala, was the first off the block among Opposition political parties to challenge the CAA after it was passed by the Rajya Sabha, saying the law violated the basic and fundamental value of the Constitution that “all should be treated equally alike” and should be struck down as unconstitutional.

‘Conflicting statements’

In a separate application, the IUML said conflicting statements made within the government, including those of the Prime Minister and Home Minister, had bred confusion on the conduct of the nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The application said the government should come clear on whether a pan-India NRC would be implemented or not. The government should clarify whether the National Population Register (NPR) was linked to the NRC.

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