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'Blatantly Communal and Unconstitutional': Maharashtra IPS Officer Quits After Citizenship Bill Passed in Parliament

In his resignation letter, Abdur Rahman said that the Citizenship Amendment Bill is against the religious pluralism of India and urged people to oppose it.


Updated:December 11, 2019, 10:40 PM IST
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'Blatantly Communal and Unconstitutional': Maharashtra IPS Officer Quits After Citizenship Bill Passed in Parliament
A senior police official, Abdur Rahman applied for the voluntary retirement scheme in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. (Image : Twitter)

Mumbai: A Maharashtra cadre IPS officer on Wednesday said he has decided to resign from the service as protest against the "blatantly communal and unconstitutional"

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

Abdur Rahman, posted as special IGP in Mumbai, issued a statement saying he won't be attending office from Thursday. Rajya Sabha on Wednesday approved the Bill, which was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday.

"This Bill is against the religious pluralism of India. I request all justice loving people to oppose the Bill in a democratic manner. It runs against the very basic feature

of the Constitution," he said.

"The Bill is against the basic feature of the Constitution. I condemn this Bill. In civil disobedience I have decided not attend office from tomorrow. I am finally quitting the service," Rahman said in the statement.

"During the passage of the Bill, wrong facts, misleadingly information and wrong logic were produced by Home Minister Amit Shah. History was distorted. The idea behind the bill is to stoke fear in Muslims and divide the nation," he said.

The Bill violates Article 14 of the Constitution and is against its basic feature, he said. "It discriminates persons on the basis of religion. It's an act to demonise 200

million Muslims in India," he added.

A senior police official said Rahman applied for voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) in August and was awaiting a decision on his application.

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