NEW DELHI, March 5 - The Supreme Court on Tuesday tagged the petition filed by the Assam State Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind with the petition filed by Dr Hiren Gohain-led Nagarikatwa Aain Songsudhanbirodhi Mancha challenging the Passport (Entry into India) Amendment Rules, 2015 and the Foreigners (Amendment) Act, 2015.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna hearing the matter issued notices to the Centre and Assam government to respond within four weeks. It was hearing a plea filed by the Assam State Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind challenging the Union Home Ministry�s notifications of 2015.
On February 27, it had issued notices to the Centre and Assam government returnable in six weeks, while hearing a petition filed by the Nagarikatwa Aain Songsudhanbirodhi Mancha that has sought declaration of the Passport (Entry into India) Amendment Rules, 2015 and the Foreigners (Amendment) Act, 2015 as �discriminatory, arbitrary and illegal�.
The petitioners also opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on the ground that it had introduced religion as a new principle into the citizenship law and termed it as �communally motivated humanitarianism�.