Constitutional Validity

CAB: Indefensible law

Print edition : January 03, 2020

A protest against the CAB in Guwahati on December 13, 2019. The CAB does not clarify why December 31, 2014, was chosen as the cut-off date or why the condition of 12 years’ residence requirement was relaxed only in the case of immigrants belonging to specified communities. Photo: Anupam Nath/AP

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill fails the constitutional test of satisfying equality before the law or equal protection under the laws within the territory of India.
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