The governor of Kerala, Arif Mohammad Khan, on the state government in defiance of the CAA Citizenship Amendment Act in the Supreme Court

The governor of Kerala, Arif Mohammad Khan, criticized the state government today. (Archive)

Thiruvananthapuram:

The governor of Kerala, Arif Mohammad Khan, hit the government of Pinarayi Vijayan today after he challenged the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in the Supreme Court, saying that “common courtesy demanded that prior permission be taken away “. The Kerala government questioned the validity of the law in the higher court on Tuesday, becoming the first state to do so.

Governor Arif Mohammad Khan suggested today that the state government measure was a violation of the protocol. “I do not say that what they did is wrong. They may have every right to approach the Supreme Court,” he said.

“But common courtesy demanded that they had taken my prior permission … at least I should have kept up to date.”

Khan also suggested that “he will verify if the state government can do this without the governor’s permission.” “The constitutional head of the state is learning about this through the newspapers that the state government is challenging a law passed by parliament,” he told reporters.

The Citizens Amendment Act facilitates the path for non-Muslims in neighboring Muslim-majority nations of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to become Indian citizens. Critics fear that the CAA, along with a proposed National Citizens Registry (NRC), discriminates against Muslims.

In its petition, the government led by the left of Kerala has described the CAA as a violation of several articles of the constitution, including the right to equality. The law goes against the basic principle of secularism in the constitution, read more.

The state government has also questioned the validity of the changes made in 2015 to the Passport Law and the Order of Foreigners (Amendment), regularizing the stay of non-Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who entered India before 2015 .

So far, more than 60 requests for appeal have been filed in the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Law (Amendment). Several political parties, NGOs and also parliamentarians have challenged the law. The Supreme Court will hear the petitions on January 22.

Earlier this month, Kerala became the first state in the country to pass a resolution against the CAA at the assembly. However, the governor had said that the resolution “has no legal or constitutional validity.” “This resolution has no legal or constitutional validity because citizenship is exclusively a central issue, this does not really mean anything,” he said.

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