Tuesday,14 Jan 2020
New Delhi: Upon moving the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Kerala became the first state to challenge the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA. The petition was filed as an original suit pursuant to Article 131 of the Constitution which authorizes the Supreme Court to hear disputes between the Indian government and one or more States. The petition states that the CAA violates right to equality under Article 14 of the Constitution of India, right to life under Article 21 and freedom to practice religion under Article 25. The Kerala Assembly had previously passed a resolution stating that the CAA was against the secularism envisaged by the Indian Constitution and urged the central government to repeal the law.