New Delhi, Jan 22: Supreme Court today granted a reprieve for four weeks to the Central goverment on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Refusing to grant an instant stay on the implementation of CAA, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice SA Bobde said it is not possible now to issue any order on CAA. It would take time to hear all the petitions on the CAA. So it would not be desirable to make an ex parte hearing. Similarly, hearing cannot be possible in the High Court in this connection.
A 5-judge Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court will take up hearing on the petitions on CAA, ordered the CJI.. Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal had prayed for sending the CAA petitions to the Constitutional Bench.
The Central government was given four weeks time to file its reply on the batch of petitions filed on the contentious issue.
The CAA petitions have been sorted out on the basis of categories. Hence, the petitions on Assam and North East can be heard separately. The apex court has also ordered to hear the petition on the implementation of CAA in Uttar Pradesh separately. The court has called for the list of petitions zone-wise.
After today’s hearing by Supreme Court, the Centre has heaved a sigh of relief. As many as 144 petitions were filed in various courts opposing the CAA.