Hearing on CAA: No stay on Act without hearing Centre’s version, says SC

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said it will not grant stay on CAA without hearing the version of the  Centre on the matter.

The apex court bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde, Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice Sanjiv Khanna began hearing over 140 petitions challenging  the CAA.

The bench had issued a notice to the Central government on December 18 seeking its response to various pleas filed by a number of organisations including the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.

While the apex court had sought the Centre’s response for 60 pleas, the number of petitions has increased to 140 since then.

The contentious Act extends Indian citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who migrated to India till December 31, 2014, due to religious persecution.

 

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