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Supreme Court Verdict On CAA

Supreme Court Verdict On CAA: Amid widespread protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA, the Supreme Court is set to hear over 140 petitions on the new citizenship law. A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde is hearing the petitions, most of which demand that the law be withdrawn.

The petitions contend that the new law is illegal and stands against the basic structure of the Constitution. They also say the law is against the right to equality as it will grant citizenship on the basis of religion. Some of the petitions have also sought a freeze on the legislation which came into force on January 10.

The CAA makes a religion test for citizenship in India. The government says it will help grant citizenship to persecuted minorities from three Muslim-majority nations – Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Critics, however, fear the law discriminates against Muslims and violates the secular principles of the constitution.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SC gives Centre 4 weeks to respond to pleas challenging the validity of CAA
  • SC to set up a five-judge Constitution bench to hear pleas on CAA
  • SC restrains all HCs from hearing pleas on CAA till it decides petitions

Supreme Court Verdict On CAA Live Updates

Supreme Court has given four weeks to centre to respond on CAA. 

Top Court says high courts cannot take petitions on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.  

President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on December 12, turning it into an Act.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal urged the bench to put on hold operation of CAA and postpone the exercise of the National Population Register (NPR) for the time being, news agency PTI reported. 

Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, told the bench that the government has been given copies of around 60 pleas out of the 143 petitions, news agency PTI reported. 

The Supreme Court said today that interim order on CAA petitions will be heard by a five-judge constitution bench. 

CAA Petitions: Supreme Court Hints It May Set Up Constitution Bench

Supreme Court hints it may set up a constitution bench on CAA. 

On January 9, the court had refused to entertain a plea that the citizenship law is declared constitutional, saying the country is “going through difficult times” and the endeavour now should be for peace”. 

Not Asking For Stay On CAA: Congress’s Kapil Sibal In Top Court

Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal, voicing concern against the law, said: “Government can deter the process for two months. We are not asking for a stay.”

Citizenship Amendment Act: “Without Hearing The Centre…,” Top Court Refuses To Grant Stay On CAA.

The Supreme Court this morning said it won’t grant a stay on CAA without hearing the centre. The top court had earlier issued a notice to the centre over the new law amid nationwide protests. 

Hearing begins in Supreme Court on Citizenship (Amendment) Act. 

Also, See: Hyderabad Woman Protest For 48-Hours

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