The recent established Citizenship Act, 2019 went to Supreme Court for further discussion and judgment. On 18th December 2019, the Supreme Court refused to stay the operation of the Citizenship Act (CAA), and examine the constitutional validly of this act, which gives Indian citizenship rights to the migrants of the three countries which includes Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan except for Muslims.
Chief Justice of India Sharad A Bobde, asked the center to announce the real intent of the Act so that there will no confusion in the minds of the public as it has already created so many confusions.
Since the announcement of the Act, violence, Riots, Police actions on protestors have spread all around the corner of the nation.
The bench consisting of CJI SA Bobde and Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant has fixed 59 petitions for the hearing on January 22, 2020.
The bench has also agreed with the submission of the advocate Ashwini Upadhaya stated that the common public of India has to make aware about the aim and the intent of the CAA and also asked the Attorney General KK Venugopal who is representing the center, to use the audio-visual medium for the same.
KK Venugopal agreed to the judgment and said every possible measure will be taken by the government. He opposed the submission and said that there are so many judgments that have held that a law cannot stay after it is notified.
The Indian Union Muslim League has challenged the CAA, said that the Act violates the fundamental right of Equality and has planned to grant citizenship to the illegal immigrants by creating an exclusion based on the religion.
This Act has been recently cleared by the parliament, which grants the Citizenship to the religions like Hindu, Christian, Jain, Parsis, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists, who came to India on or before December 31,204.
President Ram Nath Kovind had given his approval to this Citizenship Bill, 2019 on December 12.
Several petitions have been filled and alleged that the Act is against the Muslims and extending benefits only to the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians. And other Petitioners also have approached the Supreme Court challenging the Act.