Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a notice to Centre on fresh petitions filed challenging the Citizenship Amendment Act. The top court said that it will hold in-chamber hearing on procedural issue of the case. Meanwhike, the apex court has asked the Centre to file reply in four weeks. Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice Sanjiv Khanna heard over 140 petitions challenging and supporting Citizenship Amendment Act.
The petitioners who have challenged CAA are Indian Union Muslim League, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, RJD leader Manoj Jha, Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, All Assam Students Union (AASU), Peace Party, SFI and CPI among others.
Just before the hearing began, Attorney General KK Venugopal complained about the crowd in CJI’s court for the hearing, he said, ”Atmosphere has to be peaceful and calm, especially in Supreme Court”. Likewise, the Attorney General told CJI SA Bobde that this court has to issue some direction on who can come to court, some rules are to be framed. He also said that Supreme Court of the United States and Supreme Court of Pakistan have regulations for visitors inside courtroom.
Meanwhile, Kapil Sibal said that “Court to decide whether this case should be referred to the Constitution Bench.” Attorney General KK Venugopal said, “Centre has prepared a preliminary affidavit that will be filed today.” Also, AM Singhvi said that “UP has started the process, it is irrevocable as once citizenship is granted it can’t be taken back.” CJI said, “We may ask govt to issue some temporary permits for the time being. AG asks court to freeze filing further petitions, as over 140 petitions have been filed and others who wish to be heard, may file intervention application.”
Senior advocate Vikas Singh seeked an ex-parte order with respect to the implementation of the Act in Assam. He told the court “The situation in Assam is different, 40000 people have already entered Assam since the last hearing.” Meanwhile, CJI asked the Centre “When will you file a petition pertaining to Assam?” Attorney General KK Venugopal told the court that “We will file the petition in two weeks.” To this, CJI said “Alright, we can hear it after two weeks.”