Supreme Court refuses to stay citizenship amendment act

Supreme Court

Amid the ongoing unrest and nationwide protests, Supreme Court has refused to put a stay on the new law. The apex court, however, issued a notice to the central government over various please challenging the CAA. SC has given centre time till second week of January to file its reply, post which, the issue will be heard again on 22nd January 2020.

Ever since CAB (citizenship amendment bill) was passed by both Houses of Parliament, there have been violent protests across the country. Opposition parties have been protesting and have sought the central government to recall this bill.

The Centre will file affidavits on the validity of the law and will also file a reply on the petitioners’ prayer seeking stay on the Act.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde orally instructed Attorney General K.K. Venugopal to publicise the aims and objects of the amended Act as people don’t know about it.

The court observed this request has been made by a petitioner, though it is unusual, but it is worth considering. The A-G replied “We are happy to do it.”

During the brief hearing, the petitioners’ counsel contended before the court that rules on the Act are yet to be framed.

Some of the lawyers said no question of a stay on the Act arises, as rules on it are yet to be framed.

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