TMC MP Mohua Moitra moves Supreme Court against citizenship law

TMC MP Mohua Moitra moves Supreme Court against citizenship law

Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra has moved the Supreme Court against the validity of the Citizenship Act that was given the final assent on Thursday by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Mahua Moitra sought an urgent hearing of the matter while CJI SA Bobde denied the appeal for an urgent hearing and asked Moitra's lawyer to go to the mentioning lawyer for a date.

Mahua Moitra's counsel mentioned the matter on Friday for urgent listing before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde.

Moitra's counsel told the bench that the plea be listed either during the day or on December 16.

Earlier the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) moved the Supreme Court challenging the amended citizenship law, saying it violates the fundamental Right to Equality of the Constitution and intends to grant citizenship to a section of illegal immigrants by excluding them on the basis of religion.

The citizenship law, which proposes to give Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, has been cleared in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and was signed by the President on Thursday night.