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Indian citizenship law in court battle as protests continue

Indian citizenship law in court 
battle as protests continue

DPA
New Delhi
India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the government to reply within four weeks to a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of a new citizenship law as protests against it continued.
The Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 omits Muslims from a list of religious groups from three neighbouring Muslim-majority countries who are entitled to fast-track citizenship.
More than 140 petitions were filed by political parties and civil society groups challenging the legal validity of the CAA in the Supreme Court. Most of them demanded the law which came into force on January 10 should be withdrawn.
A three-judge bench headed by chief justice SA Bobde indicated that the matter would be heard by a larger five-judge bench in about five weeks’ time. Some petitioners had requested the postponement of the implementation of the act, but the court did not pass any order on this, Bar & Bench reported.

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