While considering a petition relating to refusal of Domicile Certificate to an army recruit, the Meghalaya High Court, on Monday, traced the events leading up to India’s partition and observed,
“Therefore, I request our beloved Prime Minister, Home Minister, Law Minister and Hon’ble Members of the Parliament to bring a law to allow the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhist, Parsis, Christians, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to live in this country peacefully and with full dignity without making any cut off year and be given citizenship without any question or production of any documents. Similar principle should be taken to those who live in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. They may be allowed to come at any point of time to settle in India and Government may provide rehabilitation properly and declare them citizens of India.”
The court went on to asserted that “laws are made for the people and people are not made for laws and it is also a fact that now laws can be effective until and unless the history and real ground reality is taken into consideration”.
The honourable judge, however, clarified that he was “not against my Muslim brothers and sisters who are residing in India for generations and abiding Indian laws, they should also be allowed to live peacefully”.