The Supreme Court Wednesday refused to stay the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) until it heard the Centre’s response. A three-judge bench headed by CJI S A Bobde, which was hearing a batch of 143 pleas, granted the Centre four weeks to reply.
10: 58 AM
“Maybe it should” go to a Constitution Bench, says CJI
CJI SA Bobde said the matter should probably be referred to a Constitution Bench.
10. 59 AM
Sibal urges to postpone
Kapil Sibal says that NPR process will start in April. So urges the Court to do something before that. “Kindly postpone the (NPR)process for 3 months. In the meanwhile your lordships can decide,” he added.
Vikas Singh presses for an interim order
Senior Adv Vikas Singh presses for an interim order, saying that violates Assam Accord.
‘first decide if the matters need to be referred to Constitution Bench’
Senior Adv Rajeev Dhavan, concurring with Sibal, urges Court to first decide if the matters need to be referred to Constitution Bench.
11. 10 AM
Centre says served with only 60 pleas, requests for more time
During the hearing, Attorney General KK Venugopal arguing for Centre said the Government has been given copies of around 60 pleas out of 143 petitions challenging the law and hence wants more time to respond to pleas which have not been served to it.
11. 15 AM
Assam petitions to be listed separately after two weeks
A batch of petitioners propose that the general matter of CAA and the matter concerning the law in Assam should be treated differently for the purpose of interim orders. CJI agrees to list Assam petitions separately after two weeks, Live Law reported.
11. 17 AM
AG Prays for 6 weeks time
Attorney General prays for 6 weeks time, saying that counter needs to be filed in 80 more petitions, LiveLaw reports.
11. 23 AM
There is really no rule for marking people as doubtful: CK Viswanathan
Senior advocate CK Viswanathan said: “There is really no rule for marking people as doubtful. So some kind of Jerry meandering will take place in the electoral rolls. People of all sorts will be left out of electoral roll.”
11. 25 AM
4 weeks for reply: CJI
“Issue notice on all matters. AG seeks time to reply. 4 weeks for reply. After 4 weeks we will list it for orders. Give us a list of all the categories of matters. Small matters we can hear in the chamber”, says Chief Justice of India.
11. 38 AM
HCs cannot take up hearing while SC
CJI agrees and states that HCs cannot take up hearing while SC is seized of matter, LiveLaw reports.