No stay on CAA rules, SC asks GoI to respond to petitions in 3 weeks

Supreme Court.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud, has directed the government of India to provide a response within three weeks to applications seeking a halt on the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Rules (CAA rules) of 2024.

The court has scheduled a further hearing for April 9.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the GoI requested four weeks to respond to the 20 applications.

These applications seek a suspension of the rules until the Supreme Court concludes its deliberation on the petitions challenging the constitutionality of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

Mehta emphasised that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act does not revoke anyone’s citizenship. The Act, passed by Parliament four years ago, facilitates expedited Indian citizenship for undocumented non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan who arrived in India before December 31, 2014.

The GoI, on March 11, notified the relevant rules, paving the way for the implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019.

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