In wake of non-stop anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests across the country, a Right to Information (RTI) application has been filed before the Kerala information department seeking to know whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an Indian citizen.
The petition has been moved by Josh Kalluveettil, a native of Chalakkudy town in Thrissur district, on January 13th, 2020.
As per the CAA, the members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have entered India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31st, 2014 facing religious persecution there will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.
Those who are opposed to the legislation say that the CAA is against the basic tenets of the country’s constitution. As many as 60 petitions have been filed in the top court against the CAA.
It may be mentioned, Kerala has become the first state to challenge the new CAA before the Supreme Court. The Kerala Left-led government in its petition stated that the CAA is a violation of several articles of the Constitution of India.
The Kerala government led by Pinarayi Vijayan also mentioned in the petition that the amended law is against the provisions of Right to Equality and the basic principle of secularism in the constitution.