The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday refused to grant a stay order in a lawsuit filed against the implementation of the controversial citizenship law.
The Indian Supreme Court said that it could not make any ruling on it without hearing the government’s opinion.
Protests are currently being held in various parts of the country against the Citizenship Amendment Act, against which dozens of appeals have been filed in the Supreme Court. These appeals were urgently requested for a stay order. But the court refused to stop the implementation of the law, saying that no ruling could be issued on it until it heard the government’s position.
The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde received 143 appeals for hearing in the case.
Attorney General of India, K. K. Venugopal said that out of 143 appeals, only 60 copies have been provided, and it requires six weeks to study, but the court has granted four weeks only.
The Supreme Court has also directed the High Courts of all the states that since appeals relating to the citizenship amendment law are under trial, no appeal of this nature should be prosecuted.
The Citizenship Amendment Act is set to implemented from January 10 this year, and several political parties, leaders, NGOs and prominent figures have approached the court to oppose it.
The new law passed by the Indian government has called for citizenship for all immigrants from neighbouring countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who are in the minority but Muslims are not included in it.
Protests have been taking place over the past one month against controversial citizenship laws in India.
Section 144 has been enforced in BJP-ruled states to stop the protests and cases have been registered against thousands of protesters.
Muslims, as well as a large number of non-Muslims, are involved in the opposition to the citizenship law. They say their movement will continue until this law is abolished.
Addressing a rally in support of the law in Lucknow, Home Minister of India Amit Shah said, “those who want to protest should continue to do so but the government will not back an inch in relation to this law.”
Mammoth turnout at a public meeting in support of CAA under BJP’s nationwide ‘Jan Jagran Abhiyan’ in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
India stands united in support of CAA.
Sharing some pictures.#IndiaSupportsCAA pic.twitter.com/JUXsR4tHCc
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) January 21, 2020