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The Centre has moved the Supreme Court seeking a transfer of all petitions challenging the validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) from various High Courts to the Apex Court.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Centre's transfer petition on Friday, January 10.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta today mentioned before the Bench headed by CJI SA Bobde and Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant the plea, which essentially seeks to prevent High Courts from hearing petitions assailing the CAA.
This petition comes in the light of the developments at the Karnataka High Court where a petition of this nature has been filed.
Yesterday, a High Court Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Hemant Chandangoudar stated that High Court would take up the case as there was no specific order from the Supreme Court barring it from hearing the matter. The petition filed by the People's Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL) was thereafter scheduled to be taken up by the High Court for preliminary hearing on February 25.
Last month, the Supreme Court had issued notice in a batch of 60 petitions filed on the subject. These petitions are scheduled to be heard by the top Court on January 22.
Pleas concerning the introduction of the Citizenship Amendment Act and its fallout have been filed before various courts across the country - right from the Supreme Court to the lower courts.
The petitions range from appeals for protection from the State in conducting protests against the CAA to restricting protests sans State permission. The Karnataka High Court is also one among the High Courts that is dealing with such a matter.
Even as the matters remain pending before the courts, widespread protests are taking place across the country.