Aurangabad, Jan 15 : NGO Minority Front president Dr Feroz Khan on Wednesday said that the NGO has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Talking to mediapersons here, he said, "The petition contends that the CAA is volatile of Article 14, 15, 21, 25, 51 (a) and 51 (c), and is ultra vires to the constitution as it denudes the principles of 'constitutional morality' and extends patronage to certain religious communities." The petition further contends that even though the Parliament has passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill with brute majority, it is antithetical to the principals of secularism.
It further reasoned that the Act excludes other persecuted minorities-Jews, Buddhists, Bhutanese, Christians, Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus, Rohingyas, Uighur Muslims, Hazaras and Ahmadiyyas-living in the neighboring countries. The CAA also contravenes several international laws, prominently, principle of non-refoulement. "The petition have prayed that the CAA and the NPR notification be declared unconstitutional," he mentioned.
He stated that the CAA is ultra vires to the constitution as it denudes the principles of 'constitutional morality' and extends patronage to certain religious communities. He also decried the Centre's move of the National Population Register(NPR). On December 18, the top court issued notice in all 60 petitions challenging the CAA. The matter is scheduled to be taken up on January 22. (UNI)