The Supreme Court (SC) will today hear a batch of 133 pleas challenging or supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA). The petitions will be heard by a three-judge SC bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde, Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice Sanjiv Khanna. The top court will also hear the plea filed by the BJP-led government at the Centre seeking transfer of all CAA-related petitions pending before several high courts to the SC.
Several pleas have been filed in the SC challenging the constitutional validity of the new legislation, including those by RJD leader Manoj Jha, Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi. Several other petitioners include Muslim body Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, All Assam Students Union (AASU), Peace Party, CPI, NGOs 'Rihai Manch' and Citizens Against Hate, advocate M L Sharma, and some law students have also approached the apex court challenging the Act.