SC Hearing: No Stay On CAA, NRC; Gives Govt 4 Weeks To File Reply

The SC said it may refer pleas challenging the validity of CAA to a Constitution bench

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Amidst widespread protests across the country, the Supreme Court on January 22nd, 2020 has refused to grant an interim stay on controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) and the government is free to implement those laws.

The apex court directed the Centre to file replies against over 140 writ petitions (except those about Assam and Tripura) within four weeks. The bench comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justices Abdul Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna agreed to consider the petitions from Assam and Tripura separately.

The court clubbed together all pleas concerning Assam and Tripura together as both these states have separate agreements with the Centre regarding the preservation of indigenous people. The top court has also asked for a list of cases from these two states. The court also said it may refer pleas challenging the validity of CAA to a Constitution bench.

The CAA grants citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, and Christian refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who came to India on or before December 31st, 2014.

Massive protests broke out in the country soon after the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in both the houses of the parliament. Those protesting against the law say that the Act is discriminatory and creates a divide on the basis of religion.

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