Citizenship Amendment act 2019 case in Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave the central government four weeks to respond to around 140 writ petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the disputed Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA). Although the parties meanwhile urged the court to postpone the implementation of the procedure under the Act, the bench passed no order granting such relief. CAA challenged in SC Supreme court notice
A bench of CJI SA Bobde, Justice Abdul Nazeer and Justice Sanjiv Khanna also agreed to consider the pleas of Assam and Tripura separately. Attorney General KK Venugopal demanded more time, citing the need to file replies on 80 more petitions. These 80 petitions were filed after the court first issued notice on 60 petitions on 18 December. The apex court has barred the High Court from hearing the case.
Kapil Sibal demands in SC to postpone the process
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal demanded an order to keep the NPR process for at least three months, stating that the NPR process is to begin in April.
Senior advocate Vikas Singh sought an interim order stating that the Act violated the Assam Accord. Singh said, “Assam has a unique problem because of Bangladesh. First the date was 1950, then it was extended to 1971. The extension has been challenged before this court. It has been sent to a larger bench. ” . CAA challenged in SC
Senior advocate K V Vishwanathan said that if a person is marked as a ‘suspected citizen’ during the NPR process, it would give rise to problems, hence, he sought to postpone the implementation of the Act. He said that postponing implementation is not the same as staying the Act.
The Attorney General urged the court to hear the Assam petitions separately. The AG also stated that Assam NRC will not be operative until the final list is published by the Registrar General of India.
Senior advocate AM Singhvi said the Uttar Pradesh government had initiated the CAA process even without fixing the rules. “40 lakh people were marked suspiciously without setting any rules. This has happened in 19 districts of UP. It will lose their right to vote. It is our prayer that it should be stopped. This issue has caused a lot of chaos. And insecurity will be prevented. ” They said.
On 18 December, the Supreme Court issued notice to the Center on 60 petitions. Since the Act had not yet been notified, the petitioners did not press for a stay. The act was later implemented by notification on 10 January.
One of the petitioners, the Indian Union Muslim League, has filed an application for a stay on this notification and has sought directions to the Center to clarify whether the NRC will be extended nationwide.