Group of concerned citizens to file joint PIL in Apex Court against CAA

Shillong Dec 14: A group of concerned citizens including lawyers from Meghalaya, Nagaland and Manipur will file a joint Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Supreme Court challenging the Constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019.

Lawyer, Peter A Dohkrud told reporters on Saturday that the PIL would be filed under Article 32 of the Constitution as the act violates Article 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution.

Stating that the Act is against the spirit of the Constitution, he said, “We have full hope and faith in the Supreme Court, the guardian of our Constitution.”

He also sought public supports and prayers while urging interested individuals to join hands in filing the PIL.

The PIL will have many names as petitioners.

“We should continue opposing the citizenship amendment act,” Dohkrud said.

On political leaders from the Northeast supporting the CAB in Parliament and now tried to pacify the people by meeting Union home minister, Amit Shah in Delhi asking the Centre to implement the Inner line permit (ILP), Dohkrud said, “After supporting the CAB now you ask for ILP. This is like after selling the whole building you want to rent a room in that building.”

Fearing that illegal immigrants would surely move to various parts of India once they got the Indian citizenship, Dohkrud said that in this situation, Meghalaya and the whole Northeast need ILP.

“Even without the citizenship amendment act, many have been able to manipulate documents and stay here,” he said.