New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday will hear over 200 Public Interest Litigations (PILs), including several petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the CAA. Chief Justice U. You. A bench headed by Lalit will hear the petitions challenging the validity of the CAA. According to the cause list uploaded on the Supreme Court website, Chief Justice and Justice S. There are 220 petitions listed for hearing before a bench of Ravindra Bhat, including the main petition of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) against the CAA.
The apex court will also hear several PILs pending for a few years. A bench headed by the Chief Justice is also scheduled to hear some other PILs, including one filed by an organization ‘We the Women of India’. Under the CAA, there is a provision to give Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014. Refusing to stay the implementation of the law, the apex court had on December 18, 2019 issued notice to the central government on the petitions concerned.
The top court had issued a notice to the central government asking it to file its reply by the second week of January 2020. However, the matter could not come up for hearing due to restrictions imposed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, as it involved a large number of lawyers and litigants. IUML, one of the petitioners challenging the constitutional validity of the CAA, has said in its plea that the law violates the fundamental right to equality and intends to grant citizenship on the basis of religion to a section of illegal migrants.