UPDATES’Do You Want To Make This Country An Open Jail’ : Justice (Retd) Chandru Speaks Against CAA-NRC

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NEWS UPDATES‘Do You Want To Make This Country An Open Jail’ : Justice (Retd) Chandru Speaks Against CAA-NRC

Arya Suresh30 Dec 2019 5:18 PM

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Former judge of Madras High Court, Justice K. Chandru, expressed criticism against the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposal to prepare nationwide National Register of Citizens.

He said, “they (government) want to divide this country on the basis of religion. Do you (the government) want to make this country into an open jail?”.
He added that lawyers should educate people about the ‘democratic reason’ for opposing CAA-NRC.
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He was speaking at the 13th National Conference of All India Lawyers’ Union at Kochi on December 27.
While condemning the state crackdown on anti-CAA protesters, the former judge recollected the human right violations during the emergency time. The statement in the infamous ADM Jabalpur judgment that the state was bestowing ‘maternal care’ on the detenus was quoted by him.

The Supreme Court’s evasive stand on the Kashmir issue and on the complaints of police atrocities against CAA-protesters have been “contradictory to the very essence of law”, he said.
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He opined that the Government has alienated the people of Kashmir with the abrogation of the special status of the state and its bifurcation into two Union Territories.
“We should discuss about Kashmir. Kashmir is an indication if the Indian constitution is working or not working”, he said.

He expressed his concern about the legal and political situation in Ladakh. Ladakh has no assembly which means it will soon be ruled by the army. The sheer lack of democracy in Ladakh is a threat to the entire nation, he remarked.

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