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SC To Hear Petitions Challenging CAA Today
The Supreme Court will hear petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act today. A 3-judge bench comprising of Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde, Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice Sanjiv Khanna will hear the matter. Moreover, it will also hear petitions filed by the Centre looking to transfer petitions related to the controversial law from several High Courts to the Supreme Court. Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, RJD leader Manoj Jha, Muslim body Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, All Assam Students Union (AASU), Peace Party, CPI, NGOs 'Rihai Manch' and Citizens Against Hate are among the several parties that have filed petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act. In total, the SC will hear over 140 petitions regarding the matter. Earlier, in December, the Supreme Court refused to stay the implementation of the act and poster the matter for hearing on January 22 (today). The new law promises citizenship to members of 6 non-Muslim communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who entered India before December 31, 2014.