NEW DELHI — Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has expressed deep disappointment over the Supreme Court’s refusal to stay the discriminatory Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), saying justice has been delayed.
“We had expected that the Supreme Court would come forward to help the people and stay the CAA because it is the responsibility of the Supreme Court to fix the error committed by the Parliament. Supreme Court’s refusal today to stay the implementation of CAA has disappointed us,” said Mohammad Salim Engineer, Vice President of Jamaat.
A bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices Abdul Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna on Wednesday refused to stay the implementation of CAA and gave four weeks time to the central government to file its response to all 140 petitions filed in the top court challenging the CAA.
He said the past one month was enough time for the centre to respond to all petitions and the SC should have given its final verdict today.
On December 18, the top court had issued notice on various petitions challenging CAA and asked the Union Government to file the response by the second week of January.
“The past one month was enough for the centre to respond to the petitions against CAA. The court could have taken response from it in that period and today full and final decision should have been given by the top court. This delay has disappointed and this has delayed the justice for the people of India. We hope the SC would soon take action on it,” said Jamaat leader.
Since the law was passed by the Parliament on December 11, there have been massive nationwide protests against the new citizenship law as well as NRC and NPR. Around 30 people were killed, mostly in Uttar Pradesh and in police actions. Millions of people have taken to the streets to oppose CAA-NRC/NPR.
The CAA has provision to grant citizenship to the illegal immigrants belonging to only non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.