85-year-old Cong leader back in court as SC takes up a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019
Guwahati: Veteran Congress leader and former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi embraced his former profession, a lawyer, after three decades on Wednesday.
The three-time Assam chief minister Gogoi was back in court as a lawyer as the Supreme Court took up a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019.
The top court refused to stay CAA, and set January 22, 2020, as the next date for the hearing.
Earlier in the day, Gogoi's son and Kaliabor MP Gaurav Gogoi tweeted, "My father and former 3-term Assam Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi dons his lawyer robes to file his case against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the Supreme Court today."
CAA grants citizenship to non-Muslims who entered the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014.
Ex-CM Gogoi had called the Act discriminatory and a divisive policy. His son, Gaurav Gogoi too has been vocal against the controversial law.