The Supreme Court has been moved in a PIL defending the constitutionality of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA and calling for stern action against politicians and media houses who are spreading false rumours against the same.
The petitioner, Puneet Kaur Dhanda, has cited violent incidents in various part of the country including those in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Assam etc. and the loss of 50 lives and destruction of public property in the aftermath as reasons for moving the Supreme Court in the matter.
She has raised grievance that the misinformation regarding the Act is being spread by political parties to create a sense of terror and concern in the minds of community belonging to Muslim people across the country.
Dhanda argues that this is being done as part of a conspiracy by various political parties in furtherance of a vendetta against the ruling government its progressive approach. It is argued,
Referring to the recent reports of police violence on campuses, Dhanda also contends that the students of these universities were provoked by politicians to create disturbances. In this regard, the petition states,
On the other hand, Dhanda has highlighted that there is no reason to otherwise protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. As stated in the petition,
In view of these concerns, the prayers made by the petitioner before the Supreme Court include:
Declare the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 constitutional;
Direct the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act in respective states aggressively;
Direct that the Government publicize extensively through newspapers, electronic media and other means of advertisement regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 and clarify that it is not against the spirit of Constitution of India and in no sense against any citizen of India;
Direct the Election Commission of India to identify and take strict action against the political parties spreading false rumors and violence in the country;
Direct strict legal action against those newspaper and media houses who are spreading false information and rumors;
Direct stern legal action against those disturbing the peace and harmony.
The petition has been drawn by Advocate Vineet Dhanda and filed by Advocate JP Dhanda.
The Supreme Court is already seized of the issue concerning whether the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 is constitutionally valid. Earlier this month, the Bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices BR Gavai and Suryakant issued notice in 60 petitions concerning the same.
[Read the Petition]