Citizenship Act: The Supreme Court will hear a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) on Wednesday. According to the Supreme Court website, a bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice Ek Abdul Nazir and Justice Sanjeev Khanna will hear 144 petitions related to the CAA.
Police chased away women and children sitting on dharna outside the court
On Tuesday night, about 20 women and children accompanying them gathered in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act before the apex court heard the controversial law and started protesting there. A police officer said that the protesters ransacked the gate in front of the Supreme Court, after which the police chased them out of the area.
Petitions in support and opposition to CAA
Most of these petitions are against the CAA while some petitions have also been filed in support of the CAA. The constitutional validity of the CAA was challenged by the Indian Union of Muslim League, Peace Party, Asom Gana Parishad, All Assam Students Union, Jamayat Ulema A Hind, Jairam Ramesh, Mahua Moitra, Dev Mukherjee, Asaduddin Owaisi, Tehsin Poonawala, and Kerala Government.
CJI expressed concern
On January 9, Chief Justice SA Bobde had expressed concern over the violent protests across the country over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying that he would hear the case only when the violence stopped. Also, the apex court also said that the country is going through a difficult period.
The government was issued a notice
It is to be noted that on December 18, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the government, deciding to test the petitions challenging the validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. The Supreme Court, however, refused to stay the act that day.
Protesters ready to give way to school buses in Shaheen Bagh
People protesting at Shaheen Bagh have agreed to give way to school buses. A delegation of protesters from Shaheen Bagh, who reached Rajnivas on Tuesday, met Lt. Governor Anil Baijal. He demanded the abolition of the CAA before the Lieutenant Governor. He assured the protesters to make their point to the appropriate stage.
The Lieutenant Governor appealed to the protesters to cooperate in peace and order in the area. He told the delegation that the road was closed for the last 39 days. Due to this school children, patients, daily travelers, and local residents are facing problems. Realizing the problems of the people, they should end the movement.
The delegation assured the Lieutenant Governor that he would go to Shaheen Bagh and give a positive message to other protesters in the area. The Lieutenant Governor directed the concerned police officers to take all steps as per law to ensure peace and harmony wherever there are demonstrations against the CAA in Shaheen Bagh and Delhi.
Kolkata: Lawyers rally against CAA and NRC
The Calcutta High Court lawyers on Tuesday took out a rally in Kolkata on Tuesday to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Civil Register (NRC). Lawyers from various political parties participated in this rally.
The lawyers’ rally raised slogans against the NRC and CAA by circling the High Court premises carrying banners and posters. The rally was attended by CPI (M) leader and former Kolkata Mayor Vikas Ranjan Bhattacharya, besides Congress leaders Arunabh Ghosh and lawyers associated with the Trinamool Congress Lawyers cell.
Bhattacharya said that the CAA is contrary to the spirit of the Constitution and efforts are being made to divide people on the basis of religion in the country. Ghosh said that according to the Constitution, India is a secular country and religion has no role in its functioning.
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