In a move that has not gone down well with the Indian government, the United Nations Human Rights Commissioner has filed an intervention application in the Supreme Court on the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act enacted last year. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has severely criticised the UN body’s move claiming that the Act is an internal matter of India and concerns the sovereign right of the Indian Parliament to make laws.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India’s Permanent Mission in Geneva was informed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that her office had filed an intervention application in the Supreme Court of India. “We strongly believe that no foreign party has any locus standi on issues pertaining to India’s sovereignty, he said.
Kumar also pointed out that the Indian government is clear that the CAA is constitutionally valid and complies with the requirements of the country’s constitutional values.
Notably, the intervention application has been moved by Michelle Bachelet Jeria in the petition filed by retired IFS officer Deb Mukharji challenging the controversial Act. Jeria in her application stated that the UN body wishes to intervene as amicus curiae in the matter by virtue of its mandate to protect human rights.