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Supreme Court Seeks Centre's Response On Petitions Challenging Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Lists It On Oct 31

Padmakshi Sharma
12 Sep 2022 11:49 AM GMT
Supreme Court Seeks Centres Response On Petitions  Challenging  Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Lists It On Oct 31
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The Supreme Court, on Monday, heard a batch of 220 petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019. A bench comprising CJI UU Lalit and Justice S Ravindra Bhat heard the matter. The bench directed the Central Government to file a response to the petitions challenging the CAA. It further directed the State of Assam and the State of Tripura to...

The Supreme Court, on Monday, heard a batch of 220 petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019.

A bench comprising CJI UU Lalit and Justice S Ravindra Bhat heard the matter.

The bench directed the Central Government to file a response to the petitions challenging the CAA. It further directed the State of Assam and the State of Tripura to file responses to petitions regarding the challenge to the CAA which were specific to the two States in question. While taking into account intervening vacations, the court has listed the matter next on 31st October 2022 for directions. 

At the outset, counsels appearing in different petitions on the matter, highlighted that before getting into the merits of the case, there was a need for the court to make a schedule to hear the matter. Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal stated that there were two sets of matter and there was a need for segregation in the matters. Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta agreed with the same and stated that the issues could be classified for the ease of court and that he could circulate the same in advance and ensure that if there existed any overlap, he would point the same. Senior Advocate Menaka Guruswamy also highlighted that there were some matters which were wrongly classified as non-Assam matters and the same had to be reclassified. Senior Advocate Indira Jaising raised two points before the court and stated that the Union had not filed any reply in relation to her Assam petition and that there might be an overlap and to avoid the same, a sheet could be created to decide if segregation had to be done or not.

Accordingly, the court recognised, as had been projected by various counsels appearing for the parties in the matters, that the petitions needed to be put in different compartments so that submissions could be easily advanced and confined to the challenges arising in respect of such segments. CJI noted –

"Our attention has been drawn to the order in which the matters from Assam and Northeast were asked to be segregated."

Thus, in light of the order dated 22.01.2020, the court passed the following directions:-

A. The office of Solicitor General shall prepare a complete list of the matters pertaining to these challenges;

B. The matters shall be put in different compartments depending upon the challenge raised in individual petitions;

C. The Union of India shall file appropriate responses with respect to segments of challenges. Let the needful exercise be done in 4 weeks from today;

D. After such segmenting is done, the lead matters shall be demarcated and a convenience compilation representing lead matters shall be prepared after consulting counsels for the other side.

The court further stated that–

"In the meantime, let notices be issued in all fresh matters wherever notices have not been issued. Responses to petitions shall be filed by Union of India going by compartments. So far as State of Assam and Tripura is concerned, they shall also file their compilation reports and also complete pleadings by 4 weeks and their pleadings shall also be taken into consideration for the compilation...Mr. Jaideep Gupta submits that the State of Kerala has independently filed a suit praying for relief which is similar in nature. List it for next week. Registry to list all pending matters which have not been allocated with this matter."

The matter will now be heard on 31st October 2022.

CASE TITLE: INDIAN UNION OF MUSLIM LEAGUE AND ORS. Versus UNION OF INDIA AND ORS. W.P.(C) No. 1470/2019 & CONNECTED MATTERS

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