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SC keeps PIL filed against Citizenship Act (Amendment) Bill pending

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The has kept the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against Citizenship Act (Amendment) Bill pending.

"Bill is yet to be passed in Rajya Sabha," Chief Justice of Ranjan Gogoi said.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 8.

The Bill, which was introduced by Rajnath Singh, will facilitate citizenship of six identified minority communities namely Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis from Afghanistan, and who came to before 31 December 2014.

The proposed amendment in the Bill will make these persecuted migrants eligible to apply for citizenship. Under the proposed amendment, the minimum residency period for citizenship is being reduced from the existing 12 years under the to seven years. However, citizenship will be given to them only after due scrutiny and recommendation of district authorities and the

The Bill will apply to all states and union territories of the country and the beneficiaries of the Citizenship Amendment Bill can reside in any state of the country.

Dispelling the misgivings about Citizenship Amendment Act, Singh clarified that the Act is not confined to and will provide relief to persecuted migrants who have come through western borders of the country to States like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi, and other states.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 14:37 IST