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SC Seeks Govt Response on CAA Petitions Within Three Weeks

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the central government to file its response within three weeks to petitions challenging the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) of 2019 and its accompanying rules. The Court also set a hearing date for April 9th to take up the matter.

This decision comes after a bench led by Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud heard arguments from both sides. The government, represented by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, requested four weeks to prepare its response. However, petitioners, including senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaising, argued against this delay, expressing concerns that citizenship grants could become irreversible if the process begins before the Court reaches a final verdict.

The Court ultimately granted the government three weeks to respond to the petitions, which challenge the constitutionality of the CAA. These petitions argue that the Act discriminates against certain religious communities, particularly Muslims. The CAA provides a path to Indian citizenship for persecuted minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, excluding Muslims.

The upcoming hearing on April 9th will be crucial in determining the future of the CAA. The Court’s decision on the petitions will have significant implications for Indian citizenship policy and inter-religious relations in the country.

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