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Maharashtra IPS officer Abdur Rahman quits over “blatantly communal and unconstitutional” Citizenship Amendment Bill

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Mumbai, Dec 11 : In what could be a jolt to the government, senior IPS officer Abdur Rahman on Wednesday quit his service, ostensibly in protest against the Citizens (Amendment) Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in the post two days.

“Yes, I have quit the service citing personal reasons. I have also released a statement explaining in detail the reasons behind my decision,” Rahman, an IGP rank officer with the Maharashtra Police, told IANS soon after quitting.

Condemning the Bill, he said as a ‘civil disobedience’ move, he decided to resign from the police service and will not attend official duties from Thursday.

He appealed to all those belonging to the poor and deprived sections to oppose the Bill in a democratic manner as it would harm them the most, and also called upon the tolerant, secular and justice-loving Hindus to oppose the Bill, besides activists who should challenge it in the courts.

With 22 years of distinguished police service behind him, Rahman said that the Bill aims to grant citizenship to illegal migrants from all communities except Muslims.

“It clearly discriminates against the people belonging to the Muslim community. The Bill is totally un-Constitutional and against the very basic feature of Equality before Law,” Rahman said in his statement.

He said it is against the very ethos and spirit of the Constitution and violates Articles 14, 15 and 25 of the Constitution, and that religion cannot be the basis for giving or denying a person citizenship.

“The whole idea behind the Bill is to divide the nation on religious and sectarian lines. It creates fear among the people belonging to the Muslim community. It also compels Muslims to leave their faith and adopt some other religion to save their citizenship. This is totally divisive and unconstitutional,” Rahman said in the hard-hitting communication, which went viral on social media with thousands of likes and retweets in a short time.

Referring to the Assam example on National Register of Citizens (NRC), the officer said that if it is implemented jointly with the CAB, non-Muslims will be declared refugees and granted Indian citizenship even if they cannot produce the required documents.

“This means that the real burden will be only on Muslims to prove their citizenship. This will cause statelessness and hardships to Muslims who have been living in India for thousands of years and a majority of them are the original inhabitants of India,” Rahman said.

Rahman also apologised to those who wanted him to continue in service and urged for justice to all the deprived people.

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Supreme Court may hear plea against imposition of NSA on Friday

Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal on January 10 notified the extension of detaining powers to Delhi Police under the NSA for a three-month period beginning from January 19.

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New Delhi, Jan 23: The Supreme Court is likely to hear on Friday a fresh plea challenging the imposition of the National Security Act (NSA), which allows police to detain persons without trial for a period of 12 months, in the capital and a few other states.

The plea has been filed by advocate M.L. Sharma and it is expected to come up for hearing before a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Indira Banerjee.

Sharma has challenged the imposition of the NSA, terming it as a tool to contain protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRIC).

Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal on January 10 notified the extension of detaining powers to Delhi Police under the NSA for a three-month period beginning from January 19.

“The cause of actions arose on January 10, when respondents (states) imposed NSA Act for next three months with effect from January 19 in Delhi as well as in Andhra Pradesh by the state government to arrest and detain,” the plea said.

The plea contended the notification, allowing police to invoke NSA to detain persons, as “unconstitutional” and violative of fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution, and sought its quashing. He has also made the Ministry of Home Affairs and Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Manipur parties to the plea.

The plea also sought a compensation of Rs 50,00,000 each to those who have been detained under the NSA.

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Heartening to see people’s belief in Constitution: Pranab Mukherjee

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New Delhi, Jan 23 Referring to the agitation against the new citizenship law, former President Pranab Mukherjee, here on Thursday, said it was heartening to see people raising their voices and asserting their belief in the Constitution.

Speaking at the first Sukumar Memorial Lecture, Mukherjee said the Indian democracy had been tested time and again.

The last few months had witnessed a large numbers of people coming out on the streets to voice their views on issues that in their opinion were important, the former President said.

He praised the stellar role played by the Election Commission in strengthening India’s democracy.

On the development activities getting hindered by elections, Mukherjee said the model code of conduct could be amended.

The former President said the strength of Parliament should be revised to reflect the growth in the electorate and steps to ensure adequate representation of women in the legislatures.

The Sukumar Sen Memorial lecture was organised as a tribute to the first Chief Election Commissioner of India, who supervised the first two general elections, Assembly polls, putting India firmly on the map of democracy.

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Release political detainees on R-Day: Ex-J&K minister Mir

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Jammu, Jan 23 Senior Jammu and Kashmir leader Ghulam Hassan Mir who was a part of the group led by Altaf Bukhari that met Lt. Governor G.C. Murmu earlier this month for presenting a set of measures to restore political activity in J&K, said much progress has been made since the meeting took place.

Speaking at a press conference in Jammu on Thursday, the former Minister said many political detainees and youth jailed outside Kashmir have been released.

“These are all positive developments since our meeting with the L-G,” Mir said.

He demanded the release of prisoners including three former chief ministers on Republic Day.

“This will be a goodwill gesture,” Mir said.

He said all those youth who have been detained in jails in other states must be shifted to Jammu and Kashmir.

On the issue of restoration of the Internet, he said although 2G Internet has been restored at some places but this is not enough. “Internet must be fully restored,” Mir said.

He said that the demand for restoration of the Internet is equally strong in Jammu as well as Kashmir.

He said the media is worst-affected by the Internet gag. “Government should restore broadband Internet for the media persons.”

He demanded domicile rights for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, and allaying their fears about job losses post abrogation of Article 370.

Mir said the government should compensate for the losses suffered by the agriculture and horticulture sectors.

He was flanked by former PDP minister Dilawar Mir who was among the eight leaders expelled by the PDP after meeting the Lt. Governor and the delegation of foreign ambassadors.

Dilawar Mir said that he continues to be a member of the PDP and only party president Mehbooba Mufti who is under detention has the power to expel him.

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