Supreme Court on Wednesday said it won't grant any stay on Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) without hearing the Centre and said it may refer pleas challenging its validity to a larger Constitution bench.
It further gave the central government 4 weeks to file a reply. The court also said it will hold an in-chamber hearing on the procedural issues of the case. It barred the high courts from passing any orders related to the Act until it decided on the matter.
Kerala government, which recently passed a resolution of CAA in its assembly, filed a plea under article 131 of the constitution. The supreme court will hear the disputed between the Indian government and the one or a few states. Kerala was also the first state assembly to move a resolution against CAA.
On the other side, the Gujarat Legislative Assembly on Friday passed a resolution in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA). They passed the resolution with a majority vote after a two-hour discussion. It congratulated PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for their "bold and historic decision" to bring in Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and secure its passage in the Parliament.