CAA protest: Country is going through difficult times, Supreme Court says as it refuses urgent hearing in CAA News – India
A bank headed by CJI Bobde expressed surprise at the petition and said this is the first time anyone has sought a law to be declared constitutional.
“There’s a lot of violence going on. The country is going through difficult times and the effort must be for peace. The job of this court is to determine the validity of a law and not declare it as constitutional,” the CJI said.
The bank is also made up of Judges B R Gavai and Surya Kant said it will listen to requests questioning CAA’s validity when the violence stops.
The remark came after attorney Vineet Dhanda sought an urgent list of his plea to declare the CAA constitutional and an address to all states for law enforcement.
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The plea has also sought action against activists, students and media houses for “spreading rumors.”
On 18 December, the apex court had agreed to examine the constitutional validity of the CAA, but refused to suspend its operation.
The recently amended law seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jaina and Parsi communities who arrived in the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before 31 December 2014.
A bank headed by Judge Bobde had set a batch of 59 petitions, including those filed by the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, to hear them on January 22.
Several petitions have been filed challenging the constitutional validity of the Act, including RJD leader Manoj Jha, Congress MP Trinamool Mahua Moitra and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi.
Several other petitioners include the Muslim body Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, All Assam Students Union (AASU), Peace Party, ICC, NGO ‘Rihai Manch’ and Citizens Against Hate, defender M L Sharma, and law students have also boarded the apex court that challenges the Law.