Kerala government moves Supreme Court against CAA

The Kerala government on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), becoming the first state to do so.

The state government sought the new law to be declared unconstitutional.

The petition states that the CAA is ‘violative of Articles 14, 21 and 25 of the Constitution of India as well as against the basic principle of secularism.

The Kerala Assembly had in December passed a resolution demanding scrapping of CAA.

On January 3, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in a tweet said that he had written to 11 chief ministers urging them to resist CAA.

“Wrote to 11 Chief Ministers requesting intervention on CAA. Why we resist? CAA is fundamentally discriminatory in nature & is antithetical to our constitutional values. Why is it important? Equality is paramount Why we should? We are in this together. It is all or none,” he had tweeted.