January 22, 2020 08:07 PM

Chandigarh (Subhash Jindal)

A Signature campaign was organised by the advocates of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, Central Administrative Tribunal,  District Courts Chandigarh in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019. More than thousand signatures of the lawyers obtained and compiled and submitted before the Governor of Punjab Mr. V.P. Singh Badnore, to show their support. The delegation consisting 74 members of the lawyers accompanying senior advocates met with Honorable Governor of Punjab and requested him to forward there signature support campaign to the Honourable President of India. The Advocates also issued statement .


We, the lawyers from Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, do hereby unanimously, issue this statement in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 and show our full solidarity with the Government of India in this regard.

By passing the Act (CAA), the Government has fulfilled the long pending commitment, as made by our previous leaderships viz; Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi; the 1st Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru; 1st President of India Dr.Rajinder Parsad; S.Vallabhai Patel, the then Home Minister of India and also the resolution passed by Congress Working Committee on 25.11.1947.

The amendment also opens a thin window towards the grant of Citizenship to those refugees, having been persecuted on the basis of religion from Pakistan,Bangladesh and Afghanistan after the partition and who have been living in India for years together but without any basic amenities. This amendment is not to take away the citizenship of any of the citizens who belongs to Indian minority because this amendment in the Act is to grant citizenship and not to take away the same in ny manner. So, none of the Indian citizens belonging to any class, caste or religion is going to lose citizenship in any manner.

We the members of the legal fraternity further congratulate the Government of India for passing such a supportive legislation in the Parliament which will grant much more relief to all those persons (persecuted religious minorities) from three eighboring countries. The procedure for attaining Indian Citizenship is already prescribed in the Citizenship Act, 1955 (as amended from time to time).

The only modification now done is that this benefit of grant of citizenship has been extended to those persecuted minorities, who are migrated to India from above three  countries up to 31.12.2014 i.e. living here for a period of last 5 years instead of 11 years.

Besides hailing the decision of the Government to amend CAA, we also feel deep anguish and pain for the unhealthy atmosphere and mistrust amongst thegeneral public, as created by some of the vested interest people. We convey to all those misleading people to restrain themselves from acting against the interest ofthe Nation. An appeal is also being made to all the Indian citizens, irrespective of their caste, creed and religion to stand against the false propaganda and hatred being spread so as to make India strong.

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