A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court will on Monday take up for hearing over 200 petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act. A bench led by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit and comprising Justice S Ravindra Bhat is likely to take up the matter for hearing on September 12, reported Live Law.
The CAA, which came into effect on January 10, 2020, aims to grant citizenship to migrants belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The Act had evoked widespread protests across the country based on the perception that the CAA, when read along with the proposed National Register of Citizens, was aimed to deprive Indian Muslims of citizenship.
Over 200 petitions were filed before the Supreme Court opposing the law on grounds that it was discriminatory. The apex court had in January 2020 issued notice to the Centre over the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the CAA.
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