No Stay On CAA For Now, Says Top Court; Centre Has 4 Weeks To Respond: Live Updates

SC Hearing on Citizenship Amendment Act LIVE: Critics fear the law discriminates against Muslims and violates the secular principles of the constitution.

No Stay On CAA For Now, Says Top Court; Centre Has 4 Weeks To Respond: Live Updates

Supreme Court: This is the second time that Supreme Court is hearing petitions on CAA.

New Delhi:

Amid widespread protests against the the Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA, the Supreme Court is set to hear over 140 petitions on the new citizenship law. A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice SA Bobde is hearing the petitions, most of which demand that the law be withdrawn.

The petitions contend that the new law is illegal and stands against the basic structure of the Constitution. They also say the law is against the right to equality as it will grant citizenship on the basis of religion. Some of the petitions have also sought a freeze on the legislation which came into force on January 10.

The CAA makes religion test for citizenship in India. Government says it will help grant citizenship to persecuted minorities from three Muslim-majority nations - Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Critics, however, fear the law discriminates against Muslims and violates the secular principles of the constitution.

Here are the live updates on Citizenship Amendment Act

Jan 22, 2020 11:36 (IST)
Supreme Court has given four weeks to centre to respond on CAA. 
Jan 22, 2020 11:29 (IST)
Top Court says high courts cannot take petitions on Citizenship (Amendment) Act.  
Jan 22, 2020 11:28 (IST)
President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on December 12, turning it into an Act.

Jan 22, 2020 11:27 (IST)
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal urged the bench to put on hold operation of CAA and postpone exercise of the National Population Register (NPR) for the time being, news agency PTI reported. 
Jan 22, 2020 11:27 (IST)
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, news agency PTI reported. 
Jan 22, 2020 11:23 (IST)
The Supreme Court said today that interim order on CAA petitions will be heard by a five-judge constitution bench. 
Jan 22, 2020 11:19 (IST)
CAA Petitions: Supreme Court Hints It May Set Up Constitution Bench
Supreme Court hints it may set up a constitution bench on CAA. 
Jan 22, 2020 11:16 (IST)
On January 9, the court had refused to entertain a plea that the citizenship law be declared constitutional, saying the country is "going through difficult times" and the endeavour now should be for peace". 
Jan 22, 2020 11:08 (IST)
Not Asking For Stay On CAA: Congress's Kapil Sibal In Top Court
Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal, voicing concern against the law, said: "Government can deter the process for two months. We are not asking for stay."
Jan 22, 2020 11:06 (IST)
Citizenship Amendment Act: "Without Hearing The Centre...," Top Court Refuses To Grant Stay On CAA.
The Supreme Court this morning said it won't grant a stay on CAA without hearing the centre. The top court had earlier issued a notice to the centre over the new law amid nationwide protests. 
Jan 22, 2020 10:57 (IST)
Hearing begins in Supreme Court on Citizenship (Amendment) Act. 
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