New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019 does not violate any fundamental right.
The central government produced a 129-page affidavit in response to the pleas challenging the constitutional validity of CAA. The Centre termed the legislation legal and asserted that it no where violates constitutional morality.
“Only parliament has got sovereign powers to legislate on citizenship,” said the government in a preliminary affidavit to the Supreme Court.
Director in the Ministry of Home Affairs, B C Joshi filed the affidavit.
“Under Article 246 of the Constitution, the parliament has got the exclusive power to make laws with respect to any matters listed in the list One in 7th schedule, in that, item 17 is to do with citizenship and naturalisation of aliens,” it read.
“The CAA does not impinge upon any existing rights of a citizen. It won’t affect the legal, democratic or secular rights of people,” it asserted, reiterating that the law does not take away citizenship but is about giving citizenship.