Hearing a batch of 143 pleas filed challenging the validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Supreme Court on Wednesday made it clear that it will not grant any stay on the bill. The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde instructed the Modi-led government to file their response within four weeks time. The Apex Court also issued orders to all the high courts to not pass any order on CAA.
On this note, the Supreme Court hinted that it would refer the pleas to a larger five-membered Constitution bench. The special bench will hear the 143 pleas filed and will list the issue after five weeks for interim orders. The plea petitions include the ones filed by Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh who challenged the constitutional validity of the Act. However, the Supreme Court on 9 January dismissed a plea that sought CAA be declared constitutional.