Supreme Court Refuses Urgent Hearing Of Plea Seeking Declaration Of CAA As Constitutional
Protestors participate in a rally in support of Citizenship Amended Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizenship (NRC) in Bhopal. (Source: PTI)

Supreme Court Refuses Urgent Hearing Of Plea Seeking Declaration Of CAA As Constitutional


Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Thursday observed that the country is going through difficult times and there is so much violence going on as the Supreme Court refused urgent hearing on a plea seeking to declare the Citizenship Amendment Act as constitutional.

A bench headed by CJI Bobde expressed surprise over the petition and said this is the first time that someone is seeking that an Act be declared as constitutional.

"There is so much of violence going on. The country is going through difficult times and the endeavour should be for peace. This court's job is to determine validity of a law and not declare it as constitutional," the CJI said.

The bench also comprising justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant said it will hear the petitions challenging validity of Citizenship Amendment Act when the violence stops.

The observation came after advocate Vineet Dhanda sought urgent listing of his plea to declare Citizenship Amendment Act as constitutional and a direction to all states for implementation of the Act.

The plea has also sought action against activists, students and media houses for "spreading rumours".

On Dec. 18, the apex court had agreed to examine the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act, but refused to stay its operation.

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The newly amended law seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain and Parsi communities who came to the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before Dec. 31, 2014.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Bobde had fixed a batch of 59 petitions, including those filed by the Indian Union Muslim League and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, for hearing on Jan. 22.

Several petitions have been filed challenging the constitutional validity of the Act including by Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Manoj Jha, Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra and All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi.

Several other petitioners include Muslim body Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, All Assam Students Union, Peace Party, Communist Party of India, non-governmental organisations 'Rihai Manch' and Citizens Against Hate, advocate ML Sharma, and law students have also approached the apex court challenging the Act.

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