The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay the controversial Citizenship ( Amendment ) Act, it asked the Central Government to reply to petitions challenging the Act which allege that it violates the Constitution. The Apex Court will hear pleas from January 22, 2020.
There have been approximately 60 petitions filed in the SC since the bill was passed in the Parliament which will grant Indian citizenship to non-muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The Apex Court has said that it will examine the constitutional validity of the law however it will not interrupt the operation.
The petitioners were represented by senior lawyer Kapil Sibal who argued that the law cannot be implemented due to the ambiguity in the rules and procedure. The Attorney General KK Venugopal opposed the stay. The SC acknowledged that there is confusion among the people, regarding the specificities of the law, and recommended that the centre start an awareness drive regarding the amended norms using the audio-visual medium to reach the masses. The request was made by one of the petitioners, to which the Attorney-General replied, “We are happy to do it.”
The SC on Wednesday has also agreed to hear the petition filed by a BJP leader seeking a direction to the Centre and the three states of West Bengal, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, to publicise the “factual” aspects of the CAA.
Since the law was passed, protests have been happening in large parts of the country. The students from prominent public universities like JNU, Jamia Milia Islamia, AMU, TISS etc are the centre of the agitation. The protests in Jamia and AMU took a violent turn last week, regarding it the Supreme Court on Tuesday said high courts should be approached first on pleas alleging police atrocities on persons protesting against the law.