Supreme Court to hear on Nov 1 pleas challenging Sec 6A of Citizenship Act

7 September, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

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The Supreme Court’s constitution bench said on Wednesday that it will hear petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Section 6A of the Citizenship Act pertaining to illegal immigra...

The Supreme Court’s constitution bench said on Wednesday that it will hear petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Section 6A of the Citizenship Act pertaining to illegal immigrants in Assam on November 1.

The issue has been scheduled for hearing on November 1 by the Bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud, M.R. Shah, Krishna Murari, Hima Kohli, and P.S. Narasimha. The court was considering a case challenging Section 6A of the Citizenship Act, which was added in 1985 as part of the Assam Accord.

The Assam Accord was a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) signed by representatives of the Government of India and Assam Movement leaders. On 15 August 1985, it was signed in New Delhi in the presence of then-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The core point of the accord was the identification and deportation of illegal immigrants from Assam, for which the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) had been protesting since 1979.

Section 6A of the Citizenship Act of 1955 was included as an addendum to the Assam Accord in 1985, which categorised ‘illegal’ Indian immigrants from Bangladesh into three groups.