NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday granted four weeks’ time to Central government to respond to more than 140 petitions filed, challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 which has created nationwide protests in the country.
The Supreme Court has issued notice to Centre.
The Court has also refused to postpone the implementation of the process under the Act, as some petitions had urged, causing disappointment among the protesters and petitioners.
The court also said a five-judge constitution bench will give an interim order on some 140 petitions on the citizenship law.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde is hearing 143 petitions, mostly challenging the constitutional validity of the CAA.
“This matter is uppermost in everyone’s mind,” said Chief Justice Bobde.
Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, told the bench that the government has been given copies of around 60 pleas out of the 143 petitions.
He said it wanted time to respond to pleas which have not been served on it.
Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal had urged the bench to put on hold the CAA and postpone the National Population Register (NPR) for the time being.
Libelaw reports: The Attorney General urged the Court to treat Assam petitions separately. The AG also informed that the Assam NRC will not become operative until the final list is published by the Registrar General of Indias.
Senior Adv A M Singhvi said that the Uttar Pradesh government had started the CAA process even without the Rules being framed.
“Without any rules being framed, 40 Lakh people have been marked doubtful. This has happened in 19 districts of UP. Their right to vote will be lost. Kindly stay the process. That’s our prayer. This will prevent a lot of chaos and insecurity”, he said.