Government Seeks Transfer Of Petitions Against Citizenship Amendment Act From High Courts To Supreme Court
The Centre on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of the petitions challenging constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, pending before different high courts to the top court.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde and comprising justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant, said it will hear the transfer petition of the Centre on Jan. 10. "We are of the prima facie view that high courts should hear the petitions challenging CAA and in case there is a conflict then we may look into it,” the judges said.
Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said there will be a problem, as different high courts may take conflicting views and lawyers will be moving to different states to attend the proceedings.
The top court said lawyers moving to different states for attending hearings in CAA matters is not its priority.
Mehta informed the top court that a petition will be coming before the Karnataka High Court on Thursday.
The top court said it will hear the transfer petition on Friday.