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Talk of CAA being against a community mischievous: Govt

“The assertion that the CAA is against any particular community is erroneous, unfounded and designedly mischievous,” the government said in an affidavit in the Supreme Court. The CAA has in no manner whatsoever made religion a basis of determining citizenship of a person, it said.

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Last Updated: Mar 17, 2020, 11.33 PM IST
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It only prescribes qualifications for citizenship based on rational and reasonable classifications and does not grant carte-blanche citizenship to the classified communities.
NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, which has sparked protests, was not targeted against any particular community and instead held it out as a reinstatement of Indian ideals of secularism, equality and fraternity, one that corrects historical injustice to minorities living in fear in neighbouring theocracies.

“The assertion that the CAA is against any particular community is erroneous, unfounded and designedly mischievous,” the government said in an affidavit in the Supreme Court. The CAA has in no manner whatsoever made religion a basis of determining citizenship of a person, it said.

“The CAA does not classify or differentiate on the ground of religion rather it classifies on the ground of religious persecution in countries functioning with a state religion. The CAA, therefore, does not violate the cherished principle of secularism.”

It does not impinge upon any existing right that may have existed prior to the enactment of the amendment and further, it in no manner whatsoever seeks to affect the legal, democratic or secular rights of any of Indian citizen.

It only prescribes qualifications for citizenship based on rational and reasonable classifications and does not grant carte-blanche citizenship to the classified communities. It also does not violate the freedom of religion of any person, including illegal migrants.

“The CAA also results in not granting any kind of exceptions/exemptions to Tibetan Buddhists from China and Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka… therefore, the assertion that the CAA attempts to classify persons belonging only to the Muslim community as ‘illegal migrants’ has no basis in law or in fact,” the home ministry told the top court.
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