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PIL challenging passport amendment kept on hold

NEW DELHI, JAN 14 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 1/14/2019 11:00:55 AM IST

Supreme Court on Monday kept a PIL challenging the Passport (Entry into India) Amendment Rules, 2015, The Foreigners (Amendment) Order, 2015 pending until Parliament decides on the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 bill in Rajya Sabha.

The petition challenges the government order exempting “persons belonging to minority communities in Bangladesh and Pakistan, namely, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who were compelled to seek shelter in India due to religious persecution or fear of religious persecution and entered into India on or before the 31 st December, 2014….,” from the application provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946.
The court said the notifications will become infructuous if the citizenship bill is passed by Rajya Sabha, asking the petitioner to raise the issue at an “appropriate time”.
If the Bill is not passed by Rajya Sabha, then this petition can be entertained“, the Bar and Bench quoted Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi as saying.
 

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