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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Important hearing in Supreme Court on Citizenship Amendment Act, know special things

Important hearing in Supreme Court on Citizenship Amendment Act, know special things
Amid protests across the country, the Supreme Court will hear a total of 144 petitions filed today in support of and against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).  In these, a petition has been filed by the Central Government.  The petitioners have urged the repeal of this law against the basic spirit of the Constitution and terming it divisive.  The validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act has been challenged in most of the petitions, while some have sought to declare the law constitutional.  A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde is hearing the case.

 Earlier, a three-member bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice Sanjiv Khanna issued notice to the Central Government seeking hearing on January 9.  The court had expressed its displeasure over violent incidents during protests over the citizenship law, saying that the petitions would be heard only when the violent incidents cease.

 Several people and organizations, including Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, Trinamool Congress's Mahua Moitra and the Indian Muslim League, have filed complaints.  Most of the petitioners say that the law speaks of granting citizenship from neighboring countries of India to the persecuted people of Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Parsi, Sikh and Jain communities, but it does not intentionally include Muslims.  The constitution does not allow such discrimination.

 The apex court had on December 18 last year decided to review the constitutionality of the CAA while refusing to stay it.  The amended law provides for citizenship of India from Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist, Jain and Christian communities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan as of 31 December 2014.

 Hearing possible on Shaheen Bagh case
 The Shaheen Bagh case can also be heard in the Supreme Court today.  Hundreds of people have been staging street protests against the CAA law for more than a month.  A petition has been filed against this in the Supreme Court.  The petitioners say that the people of Noida and Delhi are facing problems due to the dharna.

 What is citizenship law:

 According to the amended law, people from Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan as of 31 December 2014 due to religious persecution will not be considered illegal migrants and will be given Indian citizenship.  President Ram Nath Kovind had approved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 on Thursday night, making it a law.

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