The Indian Supreme Court on Wednesday said that petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act will be heard by a five-judge constitutional bench and gave Centre four weeks to respond to petitions challenging CAA, reports The Times of India.
A three-judge bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, justice S Abdul Nazeer and justice Sanjiv Khanna began hearing around 144 petitions related to the CAA including petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of CAA and transfer petitions filed by the Central government.
Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, told the bench the government has been given copies of around 60 pleas out of the 143 petitions. He said it wanted time to respond to all the pleas.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal urged the bench to put on hold operation of the CAA and postpone the NPR exercise for the moment.
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