Supreme Court asked the Centre to file the response by the second week of January Credit: File photo

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday refused to stay the operations of the much-protested Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019.

However, it issued notice to all petitions challenging the validity of the Act.

The Bench, comprising of CJI SA Bobde and Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant asked the Centre to file the response by the second week of January, reported

All pleas will be heard on January 22, 2020.

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CAA 2019 liberalises the grant of citizenship for non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who faced religious persecution and had entered India before December 31, 2014.

The petitioners argued that the Act promotes religion-based discrimination and violates the fundamental constitutional value of secularism and Article 14 of the Constitution.

Petitioners include Indian Union Muslim League, TMC MP Mahua Moitra, Congress MP Jairam Ramesh, Peace Party of India, Jan Adhikar Party, a former Indian Ambassador along with two retired IAS officers, All Assam Students Union, Assam leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia, Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi and Tripura’s royal scion Pradyot Kishore Manikya Deb Barman, among others.

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