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[Breaking] 'Is Situation In UP Antithetical To Core Constitutional Values': Allahabad HC Takes Suo Motu Cognizance, Issues Notice To Govt.

7 Jan 2020 3:30 PM GMT

"While referring certain news items and details published in New York Times, in its Edition dated 2nd January, 2020 and The Telegraph dated 29th December, 2019, it is alleged that the situation in the State of Uttar Pradesh is antithetical to core constitutional values and warrants interference of this Court".

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On Tuesday, the Allahabad High Court took suo moto cognizance of the situation in the state of Uttar Pradesh, following the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act.

The division bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Vivek Varma took cognizance on news reports alleging that situation in the State of Uttar Pradesh is antithetical to core constitutional values.

The court treated the email written by Advocate of the Bombay High Court, Ajay Kumar as a PIL and issued notice to the UP government.

"Let a notice be issued to the State of Uttar Pradesh as to why necessary directions as prayed be not issued," the court directed.

The email drew attention towards news items published in New York Times and the Telegraph whereby the adverse situation of the state had been highlighted. The bench also took on record the article published in the Indian Express, Lucknow Edition.

Violent protests took place across the State in December, 2019 after the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Act, killing and injuring several. Ever since, there have been reports of political surmise and illegal police action. The present case will potentially address these issues and bring the perpetrators to books.

The court has appointed Senior Advocate S.F.A. Naqvi and Advocate Ramesh Kumar as Amicus Curiae in the matter and listed for January, 16.

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