The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Centre on a batch of petitions challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, while refusing to put a stay on the implementation.
The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde has posted the matter for hearing on January 22. Around 60 petitions have filed against the Act. At the hearing, the petitioners represented by senior lawyer Kapil Sibal argued that the law should not get implemented as the rules have not notified yet. But the Attorney General KK Venugopal opposed the stay.
Nearly 60 petitions have piled up at the Supreme Court over the last week after Parliament passed made changes to the law to provide for a special dispensation to grant citizenship to religious minorities from three Islamic countries: Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
The law allows undocumented migrants from six communities - Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis, and Jains - to stay in India and get citizenship if they claim religious persecution. This special provision is valid for people who entered the country before December 31, 2014.