SC seeks Centre’s response on CAA, to hear case on Oct 31

 
SC seeks Centre’s response on CAA, to hear case on Oct 31

New Delhi: The Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice UU Lalit and Justice Ravindra Bhat on Monday directed the Central government to file a reply to the petitions challenging Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. The bench heard a batch of 220 petitions challenging the Act. Besides, the apex court directed Assam and Tripura to file responses to the CAA which were specific to the two states. The next hearing in the case will be held on October 31. The lawyers appearing in the court for various petitions said that there was a need for the court to make a schedule to hear the case.  

Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal said that as there were two sets of matter, it was necessary to segregate the case. Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta agreed with Sibal and said that the issues could be classified to make it easy for the court to hear the case. Another senior lawyer Indira Jaising raised two points before the court saying that the Union had not filed any reply in relation to her petition related to Assam, so there might be an overlap.

On hearing the statements of various lawyers, the Chief Justice noted: “Our attention has been drawn to the order in which the matters from Assam and Northeast were asked to be segregated.”