CAA: SC Bars HCs from Passing Orders, Hints at 5-Judge Bench
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday, 22 January made it clear that it will not grant any stay on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) without hearing the Centre and said it may refer pleas challenging the validity of the Act to a larger Constitution bench.
It barred the high courts from passing any orders related to the Act till it decided on the matter.
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah at a rally in Lucknow said that despite protests, CAA will not be withdrawn
- Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad’s bail order was modified and he has been allowed to visit Delhi on conditions
- Punjab and Kerala have passed resolutions against the contentious CAA in their respective Assemblies
Delhi HC Directs Police to Look Into Road Restrictions on Shaheen Bagh Stretch
Amid the anti-CAA protests, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday, 14 January, directed the police to take a call on the re-opening of Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh stretch.
The Kalindi Kunj-Shaheen Bagh road stretch has been closed since 15 December 2019.
Daryaganj Violence: Court Slams Delhi Police Over Azad’s Arrest, Verdict on 15 Jan
Delhi's Tis Hazari Court on Tuesday, 14 January, adjourned the hearing in Bhim Army Chief Chandrasekhar's bail plea in the Daryaganj violence case till Wednesday, so that the state can produce all FIRs registered against him in Saharanpur.
While hearing the bail application the court slammed the Delhi Police and said, “ You are behaving as if Jama Masjid is Pakistan. Even if it was Pakistan, you can go there and protest. Pakistan was a part of undivided India.”
DMC Appeals to CJI to Take Cognizance of Alleged Police Brutality Against CAA, NRC Protesters
Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) has appealed to Chief Justice of India SA Bobde to take cognizance of the alleged police brutalities during recent protests against the CAA and the NRC in various parts of the country.
DMC Chairman Zafarul Islam Khan, in a letter to the CJI, said police behaviour in various states has been "highly objectionable" during the protests against CAA NRC.
Khan in his 10 January letter has attached a list of 87 instances of "police brutality" against protesters in UP, Karnataka, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and Delhi.
Anti-CAA Stir: Police Disrupt Kite-Flying in Gujarat
Students of Gujarat Vidyapith, who were celebrating Uttarayan by flying kites, bearing anti-CAA and anti-NRC slogans on Tuesday, 14 January, were allegedly intimidated by the police and the administration, sources told The Quint.
CAA Has Nothing to do With NRC, Attempts to Mislead the Nation Deplorable: Yogi
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday, 14 January, charged the Congress-led opposition with making "deplorable attempts" to mislead the nation on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
Addressing a rally in Bihar’s Gaya organized in support of the contentious legislation, the BJP leader asserted that the CAA is about granting citizenship and not taking it away and in no way linked to NRC, which was an exercise undertaken in Assam at the instance of the Supreme Court.
Delhi Minorities Commission Asks CJI to Take Cognizance of Police Brutality
Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) has appealed to Chief Justice of India S A Bobde to take cognizance of the alleged police brutalities during recent protests against the CAA and the NRC in various parts of the country.
Zafarul Islam Khan, DMC chairman, in a letter to the CJI, said that the police behaviour in various states has been "highly objectionable" during the protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
2 Complaints Against BJP WB Chief Over 'Protesters Shot Like Dogs' Remark
Two police complaints filed against West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh for his remark that anti-CAA protesters were shot like dogs in BJP-ruled states.
26-Yr-Old Shot During CAA Protests Dies, Toll in District Reaches 7
A 26 year-old man who suffered gunshot injures during the anti-CAA protests on 20 December has died, taking the toll of those killed in Uttar Pradesh's Firozabad district to seven.
The daily-wage worker, Mohammad Abrar, was discharged from a Delhi hospital on10 January where he was undergoing treatment.
He died on Sunday, SP City Prabal Pratap Singh said.
AMU to File FIR Against UP Police for Entering Students' Hostel
Aligarh Muslim University will file an FIR against the Uttar Pradesh Police for “entering the hostels of students,” said a press release on Tuesday, 14 January.
“Police has crossed the mandate given to them by entering the university,” said AMU vice chancellor.
Protest Against CAA, NRC in East Delhi's Khureji
Over a thousand people on Tuesday, 14 January, gathered in East Delhi's Khureji neighbourhood to protest against the amended citizenship law and a possible pan-India National Register of Citizens.
Raising slogans of "Aazadi", "Inquilab Zindabad" and "Aawaaz do hum ek hain", an estimated 1,500 people, including women and children, gathered for the second day at a local park.
The protest in this East Delhi neighbourhood unfolded on Monday, as anti-CAA and anti-NRC demonstrations continued in Shaheen Bagh, Jamia Millia Islamia and Zakir Nagar in South East regions of the national capital.
Anti-CAA Protests: Delhi Court Grants Bail to 12 Arrested in Seelampur
Delhi court on Wednesday, 15 January, granted bail to 12 people arrested in connection with anti-CAA protests at Seelampur, ANI reported.
The 12 people have been granted bail on a surety bond of Rs 15,000.
Case Against 150 Unidentified People After Left Students 'Gherao' Mamata Banerjee
A suo motu case has been registered against 150 unidentified people after Left students' activists “gheraoed” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at an anti-CAA rally in Kolkata on 11 January, PTI quoted sources as saying on Wednesday.
The case includes non-bailable sections of causing damage, criminal intimidation, as well as assaulting a public servant from discharging duty, said a source at the Hare Street Police station where it was registered on Monday.
Banerjee faced protests by Left students for meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and allegedly "diluting the fight against the CAA".
Anti-CAA Stir: 21 Arrested for Damaging Railway Property in WB, Assam & Bihar
21 people have been arrested so far for damaging railway property during anti-CAA stir in West Bengal, Assam and Bihar, PTI reported.
“Recoveries of Rs 88 crore will be made from them,” PTI quoted Railway Protection Force as saying.
Daryaganj Violence: Bail Hearing of Bhim Army Chief Begins at Tis Hazari Court
Bail hearing of Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad starts at Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court before Judge Kamini Lau in connection with Daryaganj violence case during anti-CAA protests.
'Govt Didn't Take Anyone Into Confidence Before Bringing CAA': Mayawati
BSP Chief Mayawati on Wednesday said it is “sad” that the government had not taken anyone into “confidence” before bringing the Citizenship Amendment Act and asked the Centre to withdraw it, according to PTI.
“Centre has not taken anyone into confidence which is very sad. That is why, there is outcry in the country,” Mayawati said.
Farmers From Punjab at Shaheen Bagh Protest
A sizable number of farmers from Punjab are reportedly at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh to express solidarity for those protesting.
Kerala, WB Have Asked Centre to Put NPR on Hold: Sources
Government sources have told ANI that all states have issued a re-notification of the National Population Register (NPR), and that Kerala and West Bengal have communicated to the Centre to put NPR on hold.
Bhim Army Chief Azad Granted Bail With Conditions by Delhi Court
A Delhi court has granted bail to Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad in a case related to violence during anti-CAA protests at Delhi’s Daryaganj, news agency PTI reported.
While announcing the bail, Justice Lau said that Chandrashekhar should not be in Delhi for the next four weeks, citing interference in the upcoming Delhi elections.
Further, the judge also asked Azad to mark his presence with Saharanpur SHO every Saturday for the next month. The order demands Azad to depart for Saharanpur in the next 24 hours. She said that Azad to be provided escort protection for him while in Delhi for the next 24 hours.
While Azad's lawyer argued that he is not safe in Saharanpur, the judge said that Saharanpur is the only address he has and shall depart in 24 hours.
AMU Seeks Registration of FIR Against Police Over 15 December Violence
Aligarh Muslim University seeks registration of FIR against police for allegedly indulging in excesses after entering a hostel on 15 December, officials told news agency PTI on Tuesday, 14 January.
Stand by 'Protesters Shot Like Dogs' Comment: Bengal BJP President
Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh stands by his comment that CAA protesters "were shot like dogs" in BJP-ruled states. Further, Ghosh said, “Whatever I have said is in favour of the country. TMC and Congress have also opened fire on protesters on various occasions.”
Assam CM Shown Black Flags by AASU Activists
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was shown black flags by All Assam Students' Union (AASU) activists protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in Dibrugarh district on Wednesday.
The chief minister had landed at Dibrugarh Airport and was on the way to his hometown Chabua in the district to celebrate 'Bhogali Bihu' harvest festival with his family when a group of AASU activists rushed towards his convoy in Mohanbari Tiniali area, waving black flags and raising slogans against him and the Act.
Jamia to Move Court for Registration of FIR Over 15 Dec Violence
Jamia Millia Islamia University officials have said that they will move court in order to register an FIR in connection with the 15 December 2019 violence in the university.
21 Held for Vandalising Raillway Property, Damages to be Recovered From Them: RPF
Indian Railways has identified 21 miscreants so far, who have been arrested for being involved in vandalism and arson of its property during the anti-CAA protests in West Bengal, Assam and Bihar, a senior RPF official told PTI, stating that recoveries to the tune of Rs 87.99 crore will now be made from them.
20 Booked in Prayagraj for Participating in Anti-CAA Protests
An FIR has been filed against 20 people for participating in anti-CAA protests in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj.
Goa Forward Party Vice Chairman Resigns as State Minority Corporation to Protest Against CAA
Goa Forward Party leader Ashma Sayed resigns as vice chairman of Goa State Minorities Finance and Development Corporation to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
'Kota's Eidgah Grounds Is Gujarat's Shaheen Bagh'
The protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in New Delhi's Shaheen Bagh has inspired women across India to come out and voice their dissent, like protests in Delhi's Khureji and now in Gujarat's Kota.
More than a hundred Muslim women from different localities of Kota began a sit-in outside the Eidgah Grounds on Tuesday, 14 January, calling it the Shaheen Bagh of Kota.
ICJ Urges Govt to Investigate Into Use of 'Unlawful' Force by UP Police
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Wednesday, 15 January, released a statement saying that the Indian government should look into the “use of excessive and unlawful force by Uttar Pradesh police against demonstrators protesting the imposition of a discriminatory new law.”
Further, the statement is based on firsthand interviews with concerned witnesses and victims.
“The high death toll of peaceful protesters in Uttar Pradesh highlights the use of excessive force by the police, in contravention of international standards of policing and human rights. The state and federal governments must investigate any death or injury that occurs during protests by law enforcement officials and to ensure access to justice to victims and their families,” Sam Zarifi, secretary general, ICJ said.
Sikhs From Punjab Join as Anti-CAA, NRC Stir at Shaheen Bagh
Hundreds of Sikhs from Punjab on Wednesday, 15 January, joined the anti-citizenship law protesters at South East Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, demanding withdrawal of the contentious legislation.
The gathering of around 350 Sikhs from Moga, Barnala, Ludhiana, Patiala, Sangroor districts came as farmers' body Kisan Union (Ekta) (Ugraha) extended its support to the protesters.
AAP's Okhla MLA to Conduct Low-Key Poll Campaign
AAP MLA and Okhla candidate Amanatullah Khan said that he will conduct a low-key poll campaign and not take out any road show, bike rally or pad yatra in solidarity with the ongoing protests against CAA and NRC.
In a video message, the sitting MLA from Okhla said he will also file his nominations quietly as two major protests- one at Shaheen Bagh and another at Jamia Milia Islamia- are taking place in his constituency.
"I will not take out any road show, bike rally or pad yatra in solidarity with the ongoing protests against the amended citizenship act and NRC," Khan said.
Protests Held at Several DU Colleges Against CAA
A series of protests were organised in several colleges of the Delhi University on Wednesday against CAA. At Ramjas College, a group of students read out the Preamble of the Constitution.
Organisers of the protest claimed that policemen were present inside the campus and the college administration tried to stop their agitation.
However, police denied that they were present on the campus.
An official of the college administration said authorities have made it mandatory for everyone to take permission for organising events at the institution's amphitheatre.
IUML Moves Fresh Plea in SC Over CAA
The Indian Muslim league has moved a fresh plea in the Supreme Court over the amended Citizenship Act on Thursday, 16 January, CNN-News18 reported.
“Citizenship once given can’t be taken back,” the plea said, citing the Uttar Pradesh government’s crackdown on 40,000 non-Hindu migrants.
ABVP Allegedly Attacks Vishwa Bharati University Students in West Bengal
The ABVP allegedly attacked the Vishwa Bharati University students in West Bengal on Wednesday, 15 January, evening, sources told The Quint.
The students alleged that a gang entered Vidya Bhavan Boys Hostel and threatened the students, asking if they had been involved in gheraoing BJP leader Swapan Dasgupta on 8 January.
The BJP Rajya Sabha member was mobbed by Left-leaning students for nearly six hours on the campus of Vishwa Bharati in Santiniketan, where he had arrived to deliver a lecture on CAA.
'Understand the Plight of Commuters': Delhi Police to Shaheen Bagh Protesters
Amid the continuing protests at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, a senior Delhi Police officer told The Quint that they have been unsuccessful in persuading the protesters to move out.
“We have been persuading protesters at Shaheen Bagh to move out from the place but till now we have not been successful. The protesters should also understand the plight of the commuters. We will wait for a couple of days and then decide on what to do,” the police officer said.
Anti-CAA Stir: Delhi Police Allegedly Attack Students Protesting at Turkman Gate
The Delhi Police on Thursday, 16 January, allegedly attacked and detained several students who were peacefully protesting against police brutality, near Turkman Gate in Delhi, sources told The Quint.
The police also allegedly snatched the phones of the students and took them to Rajendra Nagar Police Station.
'They Could've Informed Me': Kerala Guv on State Moving SC Over CAA
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan on Thursday, 16 January, hit out at the Pinarayi Vijayan government for challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in the Supreme Court, without informing him, ANI reported.
“This is breach of protocol and breach of courtesy. I will look into whether the state government can go to the SC without the approval of the Governor. If not the approval, they could have just informed me,” Khan said.
'Opposition Engineered Anti-CAA Riots': Amit Shah in Bihar
Attacking the Opposition for criticising the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Opposition engineered anti-CAA riots.
“Opposition parties engineered anti-CAA riots, a reason why BJP took upon itself to hold rallies across the country to apprise people about their nefarious designs,” he said.
“I've come here to tell the Muslim brothers to read Citizenship Amendment Act . I've also come tell Rahul baba and Lalu Prasad Yadav to not mislead the people. Mamata didi and Kejriwal ji, you too don't mislead the people,” Shah added.
CAA Petition in SC: Governor Says he Should've Been Informed First
Kerala Governor Arif Muhammed Khan on Thursday, 16 January, termed as improper the state government moving the Supreme Court against the Citizenship law without informing him first as he was a constitutional head of the state.
The government had moved the apex court on Monday against the new Citizenship law, saying it was contradictory to constitutional ethos.
PIL Seeks Kerala HC Directive to Centre Not to Implement CAA
A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Kerala High Court seeking its directive to the Central government not to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA).
Delhi Court Grants Bail to Seemapuri Violence Accused
A Delhi court granted anticipatory bail to one accused - Haji Tahir, who, according to the police, had allegedly instigated a crowd to pelt stones at police personnel during a protest against Citizenship Amendment Act in Seemapuri in December 2019.
Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Kumar Malhotra, on Thursday 16 January, granted relief to Haji Tahir, a social worker, on furnishing a bail bond of Rs 20,000 with one surety of like amount and asked him to join the investigation as and when required by the police.
States to Meet Centre to Discuss Next Census, NPR Today
The meeting of Chief Secretaries of states and Census directors will be held on Friday, 17 January, to discuss the next Census and the National Population Register (NPR), ANI reported.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced on Wednesday that officials from the state will not attend the meeting.
Anti-CAA Protest: Judicial Custody of 54 Extended in Muzaffarnagar Violence Case
A Muzaffarnagar court on Thursday, 16 January, extended the judicial custody of 54 people who were arrested for their involvement in violence during anti-CAA protests till 28 January, PTI reported.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Ravikant Yadav on Thursday extended the judicial custody through video conferencing.
Police has arrested 85 people in the district in connection with the arson and violence that broke out in Muzaffarnagar during protests against the amended citizenship law on 20 December last year.
Punjab Govt Set to Move Resolution Against CAA in Assembly
The ruling Congress government in Punjab is set to bring a resolution in the Assembly on Friday, 17 January, demanding scrapping of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, official sources told PTI.
A minister will move a resolution on the second day of the two-day special session of the Assembly, urging the Centre to repeal the Act, the sources said.
Chandrashekhar Azad Visits Ravidas Temple
Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad visited Ravidas Temple on Friday, 17 January morning. Later in the day he is slated to visit Jama Masjid and a gurudwara.
"The purpose is to mark protest against Citizenship Amendment Act and NRC and also to tell people that such draconian laws cannot be imposed on us," he said, speaking to media.
Kerala BJP Leader Moves SC Against State Govt's Petition Against CAA
Kerala BJP Leader Kummanam Rajasekharan has approached the Supreme Court on Friday, 17 January, against the state government’s petition against the Citizenship (Amendment Act), ANI reported.
Punjab Passes Resolution Against CAA in the Assembly
The ruling Congress government in Punjab has passed a resolution in the Assembly on Friday, 17 January, demanding scrapping of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, ANI reported.
Anti-CAA Stir: Bhim Army Chief Azad Reaches Jama Masjid
People staged protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Jama Masjid in Delhi on Friday. Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad also reached the protest site, a day after he was released from jail.
3-Member Committee to Look Probe Attack on BJP Leader Swapan Dasgupta at Visva Bharati University
Visva Bharati University has formed a three-member committee, to look into the matter where BJP leader Swapan Dasgupta was mobbed by Left-leaning students for nearly six hours on the campus, where he had arrived to deliver a lecture on CAA on 8 January.
The committee will submit the report within a month.
The three-member committee will also look into the alleged clash between two groups of students of the University on 15 January.
Peaceful Protests Are Our Strength: Chandrashekhar Azad
Speaking at the Jama Masjid, Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Friday, 17 January said that people from all religions should join the protests against CAA and NRC.
"Peaceful protest is our strength. People from all religions who support us should join us in great number to prove it to the govt that these protests are not led by Muslims alone," he said.
Azad Did Not Violate Bail Order, Clarifies Delhi Police
The Delhi Police on Friday said that Chandrashekhar Azad's visit to Jama Masjid is not a violation of his bail order.
"He has a time of 24 hours after his release from Tihar Jail yesterday, to leave Delhi. He is not holding any protest at Jama Masjid," Delhi police said after a number of people and sections of media said the Bhim Army chief breached his bail conditions.
SC Issues Notice to Centre On Plea Filed by 20 Teachers Challenging CAA, NPR
Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre on a plea filed by 20 teachers from West Bengal, challenging the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and Ministry of Home Affairs notification dated 31 July 2019, to prepare the National Population Register (NPR), ANI reported.
Anti-CAA protests: Delhi Court Grants Bail to Accused in Seemapuri Violence Case
A Delhi court, on Friday, 17 January, granted bail to one of the accused arrested in connection with the violence in Seemapuri area in northeast Delhi amid anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests.
Punjab Assembly Passes Resolution Against the Citizenship Amendment Act
The ruling Congress government in Punjab has passed a resolution in the State Assembly on Friday, 17 January, demanding scrapping of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.
Every Citizens Duty to Protect Constitution: Bhim Army Chief Azad
“Our constitution says that it is the duty of every citizen to protect the Constitution,” Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azdad, said on Friday, 17 January while addressing a press conference.
Azad was addressing the media after he visited the Jama Masjid in Delhi, where he showed up with a constitution in his hand and read the preamble.
Court Grants Anticipatory Bail to Accused in Instigating Violence in Seemapuri
A Delhi court on Friday, 17 January, granted anticipatory bail to a man, who, according to police, allegedly instigated a crowd to throw stones at police personnel during a protest against the amended citizenship law in east Delhi's Seemapuri area last month.
JP Nadda Dares Rahul Gandhi to Speak 10 Sentences on CAA
BJP working president JP Nadda, on Friday 17 January, once again dared Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to speak 10 sentences on the Citizenship Amendment Act, indicating that the Congress leader has no knowledge and understanding of the amended law.
Understand Suffering of Delhi, NCR: Police's Appeal to Shaheen Bagh Protesters
The Delhi Police, on Friday 17 January, appealed to the protesters at New Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh to “understand the sufferings that the complete highway blockade is causing to residents of Delhi and NCR.”
The police, in its appeal, said t hat the blockage is causiong trouble to senior citizens, emergency patients and school children. It also said that the matter has also come up before the High Court.
Bhim Army Chief Azad Moves Delhi Court Seeking Modification of Bail Conditions
Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad, who has been accused of inciting people during an anti-CAA protest at Jama Masjid on 20 December, on Friday, 17 January moved court seeking modification of the conditions imposed on him by a Delhi court while granting him bail in the case.
The court had restrained Azad from visiting Delhi for four weeks and directed him not to hold any dharna till the elections in the national capital.
The plea, filed by advocates Mehmood Pracha and OP Bharti, said Azad was not a criminal and claimed imposing such conditions were wrong and undemocratic.
Delhi LG Grants Power of Detaining Authority to Delhi Police
Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has granted power of detaining authority to the Delhi Police Commissioner under the National Security Act, according to a notification.
The NSA allows preventive detention of an individual for months if the authorities feel that the individual is a threat to the national security, and law and order, sources said.
In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3) of section 3, read with clause (c) of Section 2 of the National Security Act, 1980, the Lt Governor pleased to direct that during the period 19 January to 18 April, the Delhi Police Commissioner may also exercise the powers of detaining authority under sub-section (2) of the section 3 of the aforesaid Act, the notification stated.
The notification has been issued on 10 January following the approval of the LG.
However, the Delhi Police said it is a routine order that has been issued in every quarter and has nothing to do with the current situation.
'Those Opposing CAA are Spineless, Devils & Parasites': WB BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh
Hitting at those opposing the CAA, West Bengal BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh on Saturday, 18 January, said, “The intellectuals who are opposing are spineless, they are devils and parasites,” according to ANI.
Daryaganj Violence: Bhim Army Chief's Bail Modification Adjourned Till 21 Jan
Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad's bail modification in the Daryaganj violence case has been adjourned till 21 January by Delhi Court, according to ANI.
SDPI Workers Protest Against CAA, NRC in Chennai
Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) workers staged protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Chennai on Saturday, 18 January.
Court Grants Bail to 14 Arrested for Anti-CAA Violence in Muzaffarnagar
A Muzaffarnagar court on Saturday, 18 January, granted bail to 14 people who were arrested in connection with violence during protests against the CAA, according to PTI.
District Judge Sanjay Kumar Pachori on Friday allowed their bail pleas and directed that they be released after furnishing two sureties each of Rs one lakh each.
According to the prosecution, the accused were arrested and sent to jail for allegedly being involved in the violence that broke out during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act on 20 December last year in the Kotwali police station area.
Chidambaram Conducts Leadership Training Camp on CAA, NPR & NRC in Kolkata
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram conducts a leadership training camp for state party leaders on CAA, NPR and NRC in Kolkata on Saturday, 18 January.
'NPR is disguised NRC': Congress Leader P Chidambaram in Kolkata
After conducting a leadership training camp for the state party leaders in Kolkata on Saturday, 18 January, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said "NPR is disguised NRC" and urged the Opposition to oppose it.
"I want all opposition parties to realise the gravity of the issue at stake and come together on one platform," Chidambaram said.
Students Lead Mega Protest Rally Against CAA in Nagaland
Thousands of people led by students from different colleges gathered in the Supermarket area in Dimapur district of Nagaland on Saturday to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, PTI reported.
With banners and placards saying, ‘We stand united against CAA,’ ‘Save Dimapur - Listen to peoples' voice’ and ‘CAA – Modi Shah vote bank,’ people from all walks of life joined the protest rally.
Addressing the gathering, the students urged people to unite and fight until the Act is revoked.
They said it is their duty to safeguard the state from the influx of illegal immigrants.
Former IAS Officer Kannan Gopinathan Detained at Allahabad Airport
Former IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan was detained at the Allahabad Airport before he was to participate at an event related to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
Gopinathan had come to the city from Delhi to address a two-hour symposium organised by all India peoples forum on the issue of "Nagrikta Bachao, Samvidhan bachao, loktantra bachao".
He tweeted that the UP police did not allow him out of the Allahabad airport and he been forced to board a flight to Delhi.
'Those Who Are Opposing CAA Are Anti-Dalits,' Says Amit Shah
While addressing a rally at Hubli in Karnataka, Home Minister Amit Shah said that those opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act are against Dalits.
“I want to ask those opposing Citizenship Amendment Act, what will you gain by going against dalits who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan?” Shah said.
Goa: Cong Attacks BJP as Student Criticises CAA at State Event
An anti-citizenship law speech given by a class 8 student during a Goa government's event prompted the opposition Congress to take aim at the ruling BJP.
Speaking at the event to commemorate the Constitution Day on 16 January, the girl criticised the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying the legislation is the "murder of the soul of the constitution, its preamble, and the liberty, equality and fraternity".
"This act discriminates people. It is mockery of my fundamental duty to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst people transcending religion, region and linguistic diversities. The country is burning today," the student had said.
Women, Children Sit Near Clock Tower in Lucknow Protesting Against CAA, NRC
On the lines of Delhi's Shaheen Bagh, around 50 women along with children squatted near the Clock Tower in Lucknow's old quarters on Saturday, 18 January protesting the amended citizenship law and the planned National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Newly appointed Lucknow Police Commissioner Sujit Pandey reached the protest site and tried to persuade the agitators to end the stir, but they refused to budge.
Several reports pointed out that there has been heavy deployment of police personnel in the area and attempts are being made to evict protesters.
SFI Challenges CAA in Supreme Court
Students' Federation of India has filed a petition under article 32 of the constitution of India challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 along with the validity of the power of central government for granting class exemption under the passport entry into India act 1920 and Foreigners Act 1946.
Maharashtra May Become Third State to Pass a Resolution Against CAA
In an interview with ANI, Congress leader Raju Waghmare said that Uddhav Tahckeray is against the act and senior leader Balasaheb Thorat has also expressed his stand on the law.
“ As far as a resolution on CAA is concerned, Maha Vikas Agadi (MVA) will soon take a decision,” he said.
'You've to Obey Law, Else There Are Consequences' : S Khurshid on CAA
In an interview with ANI, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid responded to party colleague Kapil Sibal's on CAA, saying that “constitutionally, it'll be difficult for a state govt to say 'I won't follow the law passed by Parliament'. If SC doesn't interfere it'll remain on the statute book. If something's on statute book, you've to obey law, else there are consequences.”
He further added that “it's a matter where state governments have a very serious difference of opinion with centre as far as this law is concerned. So we would wait for final pronouncement made by SC. Ultimately SC will decide & till then everything said/done/not done is provisional&tentative.”
'Jayalalithaa Would Not Have Supported CAA' : MK Kanimozhi
DMK leader MK Kanimozhi said Saturday, 18 January, that if late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was leading AIADMK today, she would not have supported the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), reports the Indian Express.
CAA, NRC 'Internal Matters' of India: Bangladesh PM
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has termed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as "internal matters" of India but at the same time said the act was "not necessary", reports PTI.
Raj Govt to Bring in Assembly Resolution Against Implementation of CAA
The resolution is likely to be passed on the very first day of the session, reports PTI.
MLA Wajib Ali, one of six MLAs who defected to ruling Congress from BSP last year, had on Friday, 17 January, forwarded a letter to the chief minister requesting him to bring a resolution against the CAA.
“Protests against the CAA are being held across the country. The amended act is against the spirit of the Constitution and it is causing social unrest,” Ali said.
The opposition BJP has said the government's move to bring the resolution will be strongly opposed.
Lucknow Anti-CAA Protests: Policemen Accused of Taking Away Blankets, Deny Charge
A group of women continued their protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at the Ghantaghar Park on Sunday with some of them alleging that police took away their blankets, a charge dismissed by the police, reports PTI.
The women protesters alleged that blankets provided to them by some organisations were taken away by police.
FIR Against 60 Women for Anti-CAA Protests in Aligarh
An FIR has been lodged against more than 60 unnamed women in Aligarh for allegedly staging protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), reports IANS.
The police said that the protest organised by the women was in violation of Section 144 which was imposed in the district at that time.
Anti-CAA Violence: 3 Arrested Madrassa Students Released on Bail in Muzaffarnagar
Three madrassa students held in connection with violence that took place during anti-citizenship law protests in the city last month have been granted bail on Saturday, 19 January, reports PIT.
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) that was formed to look into the cases has withdrawn serious charges against them.
The police have registered one more case against unidentified persons in connection with violence here during protests against CAA on the complaint of a commandant of the Rapid Action Force.
With this, the number of cases filed against anti-CAA protesters has reached 50.
Ex-UP Home Minister Saiduzzaman Complains of Extortion Calls
Congress leader and former UP Home Minister S Saiduzzaman on Sunday, 19 January, has alleged that unidentified persons called him to demand extortion money and threatened to kill his son if the payment was not made, reports PTI.
During anti-CAA protests last month, four cars inside his house were burnt by unidentified people after violence erupted here.
After lodging a complaint with the Kotwali police station here on Saturday, the former Muzaffarnagar Lok Sabha MP said that the miscreants wanted Rs 10 lakh failing which they threatened to kill his son Salman Sayeed.
Nation Bearing Brunt of 'Differences' Between Modi-Shah: C'garh CM Baghel
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday, 19 January, has said the country is bearing the brunt of "differences" between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the issue of the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC), reports PTI.
Speaking at a function here on Friday, the Congress leader alleged that the BJP was "misleading" the country, and asked people to remain alert.
'Modi and Shah Are Not Prepared to Give Assurances' : Shashi Tharoor
Congress Leader Shashi Throor in an event in Kerala said that “protests can be defused if Narendra Modi & Amit Shah say-'we are dropping idea of NRC', that they will no longer ask NPR enumeration & go to every door asking - 'where your father & mother were born' & ask for documentary proof,” reports ANI.
“Their intention is very much to identify people living in India.,” he added.
Another Shaheen Bagh in Babarpur Kardampuri Locality
Hundreds of women and men gathered in Babrpur’s Kardampuri locality to protests against CAA-NRC-NPR in a protest similar to the protests in Shaheen Bagh.
Massive Anti-CAA Candle-Lit March From Jamia Univ Gate to Shaheen Bagh
Hundreds of people, including women and children, today evening took out a massive anti-CAA march from Jamia university gate to Shaheen Bagh as the chorus to demand repealing of the amended Citizenship Act grew louder in Delhi.
The march was high on symbolism as some locals dressed up as Mahatma Gandhi and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, while three men assumed the identity of martyred revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, one of them in prison clothes and tied in chains.
The protesters, chanting 'Azadi' and 'CAA-NCR Par Halla Bol', and other slogans also paraded a mock 'detention camp' portrayed with a cell on wheels inside of which sat little children of multiple faiths and changed slogans, reported PTI.
‘Get Rid of This Nuisance’: Complaint Filed Against Shaheen Bagh Protesters
A complaint has been registered against anti CAA protesters for creating a blockade in Shaheen Bagh.
“Since 35 days we've to take alternate routes causing us immense inconvenience. It's requested that an FIR be registered and blockade may be removed at once to get rid of this nuisance,” the complainant has written.
He has also accused some protesters of threatening to kill him.
Those Opposing CAA Mentally Affected, Need Treatment: UP Dy CM
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Sunday said those opposing the Citizenship Amendment Act are "mentally affected and need treatment", reports PTI.
Interacting with reporters in Vrindavan he stressed that the amended law is not for withdrawing citizenship but for providing citizenship to persecuted minorities from neighbouring countries.
'Can't Do Terror Politics Just Because We Have Numbers': BJP's CK Bose
BJP leader Chandra Kumar Bose, on Monday 20 January, spoke on the Citizenship Amendment Act and the controversy surrounding the Act. Speaking to news agency ANI, he said that the BJP-led government's approach has been wrong. He said that once a bill is passed, it is binding on the states. However, he said that on cannot thrust any Act on the citizens of the country.
"I've suggested to my party leadership that with a little modification the entire opposition campaign will fizzle out. We need to specifically state that it is meant for persecuted minorities, we should not mention any religion," he said.
Further, Bose said that one cannot be abusive. "Just because we have numbers today we cannot do terror politics. Let us go to people explaining benefits of CAA," he said.
States Can't be Forced to Implement CAA: Congress
Amid a debate over the implementation of the amended Citizenship Act, the Congress on Sunday said states have the right to challenge the Centre and cannot be "forced" to implement the "unconstitutional law" till the petition in the Supreme Court is decided.
Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in a statement that the CAA is an attack on India's Constitution and the people's movement against the act shall continue "courageously and fearlessly".
Students protest at Mandi House against CAA, NRC
Several students gathered at Mandi house on Monday to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register for Citizens.
Students, belonging to different universities, raised slogans demanding "Azadi" from the new citizenship law and carried posters which read "We stand united against CAA' and 'Agar Tum decent hote toh dissent ko samajhte' (If you were descent, you would have understood dissent).
'Will Hold Rally Against CAA, NRC on 21 January': Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, in Siliguri said, “On 22 January, I will hold a rally against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Darjeeling. Don't worry about CAA and NRC, I am with you.”
Petition Filed in SC Seeking Directions to Police to Open Kalindi-Kunj-Shaheen Bagh Stretch
Petition filed in Supreme Court seeking directions to police to open Kalindi Kunj Shaheen Bagh stretch closed has been closed since 15 December, due to protests against Citizenship Amendment Act. It is filed by advocate Amit Sahni against Delhi High Court order which had asked Delhi Police to look into matter, reports ANI.
Akhilesh Yadav Pitches for Caste Census; Criticises NRC, NPR
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav TODAY called the Centre's plans on NPR and NRC “anti-poor” and pitched for conducting a caste census.
Yadav has made the suggestion in the past as well. His demand now comes days after the Odisha cabinet adopted a resolution seeking revelation of caste details in the next Census.
Referring to an earlier Census, he said, “We all wanted a caste census but the Congress did not let that happen and the numbers did not come out.” He said that the Census is going to take place again, reports PTI.
NPR Dangerous Game, a Precursor to NRC: Mamata
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today appealed to her counterparts in the northeast and non-BJP states to take a note of the “clauses” mentioned in the NPR form, before participating in the exercise to update the register.
Dubbing the NPR exercise as “a dangerous game,” Banerjee said the form, which seeks birth details of parents, could be nothing but a precursor to NRC implementation, reports PTI.
PM Modi Slams Congress over CAA, Says 'Those Rejected in LS Polls Spreading Lies'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made a veiled attack on the Congress and some other opposition parties over their stance on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and NPR, saying that “lies and rumours” were being spread by the parties which lost the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The Prime Minister also lauded the BJP workers and asked them to be “more active” in reaching out to the people, reports ANI.
'Make it Inclusive, Matter Will Go Away': Ex-Lt Guv Najeeb
Delhi's former Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung, outside Jamia Millia Islamia said, “I feel that Citizenship Amendment Act needs a revamp. They should either include Muslims or remove other names. Make it inclusive, the matter will get dismissed. If the PM calls these people and talks, the matter will get resolved.”
Jung added, “There should be talks, only then will a solution come out. How will the solution come if we don't talk? How long will this protest go on? Economy is suffering, shops are closed, buses are not plying, losses are being incurred.”
'In Talks With Shaheen Bagh Protesters to Clear Blockade': DCP
Delhi’s South East DCP, Chinmay Vishwal said, “The high court has also passed directions to maintain law and order by the protests by Shaheen Bagh, we are also in talks with the protesters, telling them it also applies to them. We have been working on it, and we have got some success to clear the roads.”
He continued, “The response from the locals have been positive. A lot of locals have also faced problems due to the blockade, hence, even they want to clear the roads. We have also told them that as a responsible citizen they should contribute to the same.”
The police is monitoring the situation at Shaheen Bagh, he added saying that some people spread rumours to make the protesters leave.
Students Protest at Mandi House Against CAA, NRC
Hundreds of students marched from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar today to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register for Citizens.
Students, belonging to different universities, raised slogans demanding “azaadi” from the new citizenship law and carried posters which read ‘We stand united against CAA', 'Agar tum decent hote toh dissent ko samajhte' (If you were decent, you would have understood dissent) and ‘Secularism up, Communalism down down,’ reports PTI.
Left Students Protest Against CAA, NRC During Presidency's Foundation Day Programme
Left students of the Presidency University staged a protest against the CAA and the proposed nationwide NRC during the varsity's 203rd Foundation Day programme today in Kolkata.
Hundreds of students shouted slogans such as 'Fascism Manbo Na' (Down with Fascism) and 'We won't accept CAA, NRC' near the Derozio Hall where the programme was being held, said Subhajit Sarkar of the Students Federation of India, reports PTI.
CAA Protesters Have Not Even Read the Law: VHP Chief Kokje
Vishwa Hindu Parishad president Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje today termed the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act as a folly and claimed those objecting to the law had not even read it.
Kokje, a former judge of the MP and Rajasthan high courts, said parties like the Congress and Trinamool Congress were protesting against the law in order to keep their “votebank of Bangladeshi intruders intact.”
Assam's Prominent Personalities Write to CJI Over CAA Stir
Ten prominent personalities of Assam, including Sahitya Akademi awardees Hiren Gohain and Homen Borgohain and eminent filmmaker Jahnu Barua, have written to Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde urging him to deliberate on the prevailing “public outrage and anger in the country,” reports PTI.
'WB Assembly to Take up Resolution Against CAA in 3-4 Days': Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the government is planning to pass a resolution in the State Assembly against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in the next three-four days, reports PTI.
“We have earlier passed a resolution against NPR. Next, the Assembly will take up a resolution against the citizenship law withing three to four days,” she insisted.
Paswan Defends CAA, NPR but Feels Protesters Have a Right to Express Themselves
Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan today sought to dispel misgivings about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Population Register but underscored that the Constitution guaranteed “right to freedom of expression” which ought to be respected while dealing with protests.
Paswan also claimed that it was at his instance that the Union Home Ministry agreed to “amend” the NPR forms wherein columns like those pertaining to places of birth of parents had triggered fears that the exercise might be a precursor to the National Register of Citizens (NRC), reports PTI.
'Parents of Students Are Worried, Appeal to Shaheen Bagh Protesters to Clear Road Block': Police
CAA Unconstitutional, Arguing Against It in SC; Assembly Resolutions Valid: Sibal
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal today dismissed suggestions that there was a change in his stance on the amended Citizenship Act, saying it is “unconstitutiona,” he is arguing against it in the Supreme Court and state assembly resolutions on the law are valid.
His remarks came after he had said that there was no way a state can deny the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) when it has already been passed by Parliament, reports PTI.
Congress Leader Digvijaya Singh Visits Shaheen Bagh
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh visited the Shaheen Bagh protest site on Monday.
Tis Hazari Court to Hear Aad's Plea for Modification of Bail Terms
Delhi’s Tis Hazari Court will today hear Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad’s plea for modification in his bail conditions.
He was arrested in the case relating to incitement of violence during anti-CAA protests at Jama Masjid. Azad was granted bail last week, with a condition to stay out of Delhi for a month, among other conditions.
Protests Continue at Lucknow's Ghanta Ghar
Women continue to protest at Ghanta Ghar against Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC). Police have registered 3 FIRs in connection with the ongoing protest.
Women Protestors of Shaheen Bagh Send Defamation Notice to Amit Malviya
The women protestors of Shaheen Bagh in Delhi have sent a defamation notice to BJP’s Information Technology Cell chief Amit Malviya for his allegations that they were paid to demonstrate against the Citizenship Amendment Act, reports said.
The legal notice, which was sent by the office of advocate Mehmood Pracha, demanded an apology and Rs 1 crore in damages from the BJP leader.
No Provision for Taking Anyone's Citizenship in CAA: Amit Shah
There is no provision of taking anyone's citizenship in CAA, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Tuesday at a rally in Lucknow.
He also dared Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee and Akhilesh Yadav to a public debate on CAA.
Despite Protests, CAA Will Not Be Withdrawn: Amit Shah in Lucknow
Despite protests, CAA will not be withdrawn, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said at a rally in Lucknow on Tuesday.
10,000 Balloons Carrying Message of 'No CAA NPR NRC' Released at Protest
10,000 balloons carrying a banner bearing the message of ‘No CAA NPR NRC’ were released at a protest in Khureji Khas around 1 pm today.
Tis Hazari Court to Hear Chandrashekhar Azad's Bail Conditions Modification Hearing
Tis Hazari court will start hearing the application filed by Bhim Army Chief Chandra Shekhar Azad for modification of bail condition to stay out of Delhi for four weeks.
'What Has Azad Done? Where Is the Material?': Judge Lau Slams ACP
Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau while hearing the conditions of the bail granted to Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekar Azad slammed the ACP
When the ACP said that Azad could incite violence, Judge Lau said, "You say hate speeches, what has he done, where is the material. Don't spread such things. Remember the State is all-powerful. Now tell me what else you have as grounds," according to Live Law.
Lau also stated, “Whenever he comes to Delhi, he'll give a schedule of when he's coming, where he'll go. The concerned DCP is to be given a daily schedule.”
Judge Lau has agreed to modify Azad's bail conditions.
'Only Fair that Azad is Allowed to Participate in Democracy': Judge Lau Modifies Bail Conditions
Judge Lau has recorded that there's no material that suggests Azad indulged in anything that is against law and order public order or national security.
Judge ordered that Azad should give his schedule in advance to DCP Crime and concerned DCP. The court also tells him that when he comes to Delhi, he will reside at the given address. He will inform the DCP telephonically and send an email if he is not in Delhi or Saharanpur.
“In a democracy when an election is the biggest celebration, which should have maximum participation, it is fair that he should be allowed to participate,” the judge says in the order.
Women Send Legal Notices to Amit Malviya BJP's IT Cell Head
Several women complainants have sent a legal notice to BJP's IT cell head, Amit Malviya, claiming that he alleged that the protesters are taking Rs 500-700 rs in order to take part in the protests.
WB Govt to Bring Anti-CAA Resolution on 27 Jan at 2 PM
West Bengal government to bring anti-CAA resolution in the state assembly at 2 pm on 27 January. This resolution will be brought in a special assembly session, reports ANI.
'Nitish Kumar Should Clarify Stance on CAA': JD (U)'s Pavan Verma
JD (U)'s Pavan Verma said, “Nitish Kumar hasn't clarified party's stand on NRC-CAA so far. He should clarify his stand on the issue. Whether I will remain with the party or not will be decided once Nitish ji replies to my letter,” reports ANI.
NCPCR Seeks Report on Videos of Children in Anti-CAA Protests at Shaheen Bagh
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has taken cognizance of complaint of the viral videos of children participating during the protest against CAA at Shaheen Bagh, Delhi. Commission has sought a report on it within 10 days from District Magistrate, South East Delhi, reports ANI.
Opposition Misleading People on CAA: BJP MP Roopa Ganguly
BJP MP Roopa Ganguly today said only people who have felt the pangs of citizenship can understand the importance of the Citizenship Amendment Act and not the opposition parties who are misleading the people on it.
The actor-turned-politician is on a two-day tour to Odisha and is scheduled to meet refugees from erstwhile East Pakistan settled in Nabarangpur and Malkangiri districts during her visit.
“You (opposition) cannot understand the importance of CAA. I can because my father hails from Bangladesh. Had my father been alive he would have been very happy today with the passage of the CAA,” she said, reports PTI.
Lt Guv Meets Delegation of Shaheen Bagh Protesters, Appeals Them to Call-Off Agitation
Anil Baijal, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi stated, “Met delegation of protestors from Shaheen Bagh. Assured them to convey their concerns to appropriate authorities. Appealed to call off their agitation in view of continued inconvenience to locals due to blockade of road,” reports ANI.
Chants of 'CAA Se Azaadi' as Hundreds of Students March in Protest on AMU Campus
Hundreds of students took out a protest march against the amended citizenship act on the Aligarh Muslim University campus today, raising slogans of “CAA se azaadi” and vowing to boycott classes until their demands are met.
The protesters including girls and schoolchildren, belonging to the schools within the campus, began their march from the Purani Chungi and culminated it at the Babey Sir Syed gate of the university.
They also raised slogans in support of Delhi's Shaheen Bagh protesters and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, reports PTI
SC to Hear 140 Petitions Challenging or Supporting CAA Tomorrow
Supreme Court to hear tomorrow, over 140 petitions challenging or supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act. A Bench of CJI, Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice Sanjiv Khanna will hear the pleas and Centre’s plea seeking transfer of petitions pending before HC relating to the issue to SC, reports ANI.
Police Disperse Women Gathered Outside SC to Protest CAA
Around 30 women along with children gathered outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday night to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act ahead of the hearing on the contentious law in the apex court.
The protesters squatted at the front gate of the Supreme Court, following which police dispersed them from the area, a police official said. One person was detained according to Live Law.
Out of 144 Petitions, 2 Are in Favour of CAA
Out of the 144 petitions listed before the Supreme Court regarding the constitutional validity of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, two petitions, including the one by BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay are in favour of CAA.
Meanwhile, 142 petitions argue it's a violation of Article 14 of Constitution (equal treatment of laws).
Bench Assembles, Commotion in Courtroom
As the SC bench sat for the start of hearings of the petitions against and in support of the Citizenship Act, the Chief Justice's courtroom erupted in a ruckus, due to the massive crowd present for the 144 petitions listed for hearing.
The CJI later discussed what to do about the crush of people in the courtroom with the senior lawyers.
He further said that he will convene a meeting of senior lawyers to figure out a solution.
Sibal Recommends Constitutional Bench, CJI Responds
Senior Counsel Kapil Sibal also recommended a larger bench to hear the matter. He told the court that there is also a question of whether the matter should be heard by a larger Bench. CJI Bobde responded saying, "maybe it should."
Won't Grant Stay Without Hearing Centre: CJI Bobde
CJI SA Bobde, while hearing the Citizenship Act petitions, said that he will not grant a stay order without hearing the Central government. "We are not going to pass an ex parte order without the copy being served to the Centre," Bobde said.
SC Says Will Take Up Matter for Interim Orders in 5 Weeks, Hints at Larger Bench
The Supreme Court has hinted at setting up a five-judge bench, after recommendations from Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi. The court said taht it will take up the matter for interim orders in the next five weeks.
Court hinted at setting up a five-Judge Bench to hear the case. The matter will be listed after five weeks for interim orders.
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