Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Won't grant stay on CAA without hearing Centre

Won't grant stay on CAA without hearing Centre

The apex court said it will set up a five-judge Constitution bench to hear the petitions and gave the Centre four weeks to respond to pleas challenging the validity of the CAA.

A three-judge SC bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde, Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said today that it can not grant any stay on CAA without hearing Centre.

Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, RJD leader Manoj Jha, Muslim body Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, All Assam Students Union (AASU), Peace Party, CPI, NGOs "Rihai Manch" and Citizens Against Hate are among the several parties that have filed petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Critics say that the new law is against the secular nature of the Indian Constitution and clubbed with the NRC may be misused to strip away some Muslims' citizenship in the country. He also urged the court to refer the case to a constitutional bench.

The apex court had on January 9 refused to entertain a plea seeking that the CAA be declared constitutional, saying the country is going through hard times and there is so much violence that endeavour should be for peace. The apex court had on 9 January refused to entertain a plea seeking that the CAA be declared constitutional, saying the country is going through hard times and there is so much violence that endeavour should be for peace. The judges will also hear the Centre's petition for citizenship law-related pleas filed in the Delhi High Court to be transferred to the top court.

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Earlier, senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Rajeev Dhavan and others sought stay on CAA and NPR.

"We will give you four weeks to file a reply to all petitions", Bobde told the government's top lawyer, indicating that the next hearing will be held in late February.

The Act has been challenged by the Kerala government in the Supreme Court.

IUML said in its plea that CAA violates the fundamental Right to Equality and intends to grant citizenship to a section of illegal immigrants by making an exclusion on the basis of religion.

According to the CAA, 2019, non-Muslim minorities - Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian - who migrated to India from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh till December 31, 2014, following persecution over their faith, are eligible for Indian citizenship.

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