Lawyers from Nagaland, M’laya, Mnp to file PIL against CAA

SHILLONG, Dec 15 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/15/2019 12:23:44 PM IST

Apublic interest litigation (PIL) is being prepared by a group of citizens, including lawyers from Meghalaya, Nagaland and Manipur, to be filed jointly in the Supreme Court with a plea to strike off the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

The individuals will also seek the striking off of the Act, which was approved by the President Ram Nath Kovind recently. “The act is against the spirit of the Constitution, and the PIL would be filed under Article 32 of the Constitution as the act violates Article 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution,” said practicing lawyer, Peter A Dohkrud during a press here Saturday.

The team expressed hope and faith in the Supreme Court, the “guardian of our Constitution”.

Seeking public supports and prayers, Dohkrud urged interested individuals to join hands in filing the PIL, which will have many names as petitioners.

“We should continue opposing the citizenship amendment act,” Dohkrud said while slamming political leaders from the Northeast who supported the CAB in Parliament and are now trying to pacify the people by meeting Union home minister, Amit Shah in Delhi asking the Centre to implement the Inner line permit.

“This is not because they want to give us the ILP, but because their chair isn’t firm anymore. 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,” he said.

Dohkrud, however, extended his support to the introduction of ILP in the region.

He said that illegal immigrants would surely reside in any part of India once the Indian citizenship is granted.

“In this situation, we need ILP. Even without the citizenship amendment act, many could manipulate things and stay here,” he said.

Asked about the effective of ILP in states like Mizoram and Nagaland, a youth from Manipur said that there have been regular checkings on visitors as in the case of Mizoram, but still outsiders found their way into the state especially when events are held there.

On his home state Manipur that came under the Eastern Bengal Frontier Regulation, 1873 or ILP, he said with uncertainty, “How strong and effective ILP will be in Manipur, we will see when it is implemented.”

Meanwhile, the concerned citizens condemned Meghalaya governor, Tathagata Roy’s alleged derogatory remark asking “those who do not want divisive democracy to go to North Korea,” and demanded his resignation from the post.

“By his statement, he insults not only the people of Meghalaya, but the entire brothers and sisters and the Northeast,” the statement.

Stating that the governor should know his position, the concerned citizens said that the governor should resign and apologise for asking those “who oppose the CAB to go to North Korea.”

“The duty of the governor is to protect the Constitution not to protect government policy. It’s inappropriate for the governor to speak such language. Therefore it’s better for him to resign and join politics not to hold the post of governor,” the group said.


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