SC Abdicated Its Duties Towards Constitution, Says Convenor of Alliance Against CAA & NRC
NEW DELHI, JANUARY 22— Commenting on the Supreme Court’s refusal today to stay the implementation of controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), eminent civil rights activist and Convenor of the Alliance Against CAA & NRC Ravi Nair said the top court has “abdicated” its duties towards the Constitution of India.
“Not at all surprising,” said Nair about the SC refusing to stay CAA.
“The Supreme Court has abdicated its duties towards the Constitution. It should have stayed the CAA until full and final decision was taken,” said Nair whose Alliance Against CAA & NRC has been coordinating protests against the controversial citizenship law and central government’s move about National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices Abdul Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna refused stay on CAA while hearing a bunch of 140 petitions challenging the CAA. Some of the petitions had also questioned the government move for NPR and NRC.
The bench gave four weeks time to the centre to file its response to all the petitions filed against CAA. Of 140 petitions, the centre had filed its response to only 60 petitions. The court said it would not pass any order until it hears the centre.
Many petitioners urged the top court to stay the implementation of CAA till its final order, but the bench refused to grant any such relief.
The top court has also restrained the High Courts from dealing with the related matters. The central government had urged the top court to transfer CAA related cases to this court.
Since the law was passed by the Parliament on December 11, there have been massive nationwide protests against CAA, NRC and NPR. Some of the protests – all in BJP-ruled states turned violent – and around 30 people were killed, mostly in Uttar Pradesh and in police firing.
CAA seeks to grant citizenship to only Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain and Parsi migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.