Amid the nationwide protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Supreme Court on Wednesday heard petitions against the recent contentious amendments. The Apex court today made it clear that the Citizenship Law would not be halted and issued a four-week notice to the Centre to respond to petitions on the law. The court added that a 5-judge constitutional bench would look into 140 petitions and give an interim order on the citizenship law.

Reports said the constitutional bench would be headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde that would hear 143 petitions off which most of them have questioned the validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act.

“Because of the unmanageable crowd, we may hear some small matters in chambers and lawyers can come in chambers,” said the Chief Justice.

Centre’s side was represented by Attorney General KK Venugopal who told the court that the Government needs more time to respond to petitions. While Kapil Sibal who represented the petitioners urged the court to put stay on the CAA and postpone the National Population Register (NPR).

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