As Country Boils Over CAA Supreme Court To Hear Petitions Against The Law Today

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), that has been burning the country right from its tabling in the house as a bill to its passage from both the houses would face the judicial test for the first time.  

Around 60 petitions have been filled against the law in the apex judiciary which would be heard by a three judge bench today. The petitions have challenged the law for being Unconstitutional and in violation of earlier agreements like the Assam Accord 1985.

A three-judge bench headed by the Chief Justice of India, Justice SA Bobde, and comprising of Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant would hear the petitions. The list of petitioners against the law include Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, the Indian Union Muslim League and Asom Gana Parishad.

The act that grants Indian citizenship for non-Muslims from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who moved to India till 2014 is against the basic structure of the Constitution as admitting illegal migrants as citizens on the basis of religion violates the fundamental rights to life and equality enshrined in the Constitution.

From Assam to Delhi the heat of protest against the CAA has brought the country together. However, violent protest first in north-east and then in Delhi where students from prominent universities were beaten up by police for there peaceful protest against the law has created law and order disturbance.

The incidents of stone-pleating where also reported from Delhi’s Seelampur and Jafrabad yesterday whereby the protesters clashed with the police creating a tense situation in the area resulting in closure of several metro stations. The Jaffrabad and Maujpur – Babarpur metro stations are also kept close from morning on Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Kerala , and Punjab have declared that they would not allow the implementation of the citizenship law and the national registry of citizens in their states.

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