Supreme Court to Hear on Wednesday Pleas Challenging Citizenship Amendment Act

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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear on 18 December a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.

Senior advocates and Congress leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal mentioned the pleas before the three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde.

The bench, also comprising Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant, decided to club all the petitions challenging the validity of the Act and hear them on Wednesday.

More than 10 separate petitions have already been filed in the Supreme Court against the Act. Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), an ally of the ruling BJP, said on Sunday it would file a petition in the Supreme Court praying for revocation of the amended Citizenship Act, party leader Kumar Deepak Das said.

Senior Assam Congress leaders have reportedly filed a petition in the apex court, while a PTI report said former union minister P. Chidambaram will file a plea on behalf of former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi and Congress’ Lok Sabha lawmaker from Thrissur, Kerala, TN Prathapan also filed separate petitions in the top court on Saturday challenging the Act.

Trinamool Congress lawmaker Mahua Moitra, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, and All Assam Students’ union (AASU) have also moved the Supreme Court against the Act claiming it was discriminatory and in violation of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution.

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