CAA once again divides the Internet: Here are reactions on Supreme Court’s update
#SupremeCourt started trending on twitter with more than 25000 tweets after the Supremecourt gave four weeks of time to PM Modi’s government to respond to the petitions that challenged the constitutional validity of the CAA. Here are some of the reactions on the social media:
One hundred forty-four petitions have been filed challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). On Wednesday, the Supreme Court addressed these petitions, which all pleaded for a stay on the implementation of the new citizenship law. It gave Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government four weeks' time to respond to the petitions.
The new law, which ignited protests across the country, seeks to grant citizenship to migrants belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, Jain and Parsi communities who came to the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on or before December 31, 2014.
The Supreme court has decided that a constitutional bench of five judges is needed to hear all the challenges to legislation that critics say discriminates against Muslims.
The law, which came into effect on January 10 after being passed by Parliament in December, lays out a path for citizenship for six religious minorities in neighbouring mostly-Muslim countries - Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Critics say that the omission of Muslims is discriminatory, and that basing the right to citizenship on religion violates the secular principles of India's constitution.
Opposition leaders, Muslim organisations and student groups had petitioned the court to hold off implementation of the law until the challenges to the legislation were settled.
But Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde heading a three-bench panel told a packed courtroom that only a constitutional bench of five judges could rule on the matter and in the meantime gave the government more time to explain its stance.
"We will give you four weeks to file a reply to all petitions," Bobde told the government's top lawyer, indicating that the next hearing will be held in late February.
The government says the law is for the benefit of religious minorities such as Hindus, Sikhs and Christians who face persecution in India's Muslim majority neighbours.
The biggest student organisation in Assam, where some of the worst violence was seen last month during widespread protests against the law, said it would keep up its opposition.
What does one do if people are so incapable of understanding/ OR intentionally don't see that the #SupremeCourt has given the govt 4 weeks time to revert back about all the petitions. DOES NOT MEAN SC supports CAA— Onir (@IamOnir) January 22, 2020
— INC Sandesh (@INCSandesh) January 22, 2020
Routine hearing, another 4 weeks. No stay or even postponement of CAA.— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) January 22, 2020
This SC is at best a reluctant warrior in the battle to defend letter, spirit & soul of the constitution.
We the People of India must continue the movement to save the Constitution that we gave to ourselves. https://t.co/xAfrg8IgvH
Those who haven't sell thier soul in #SupremeCourt are compelled to do this :#ShameonCollegiumSystem you don't want such voices in majority in SC.— Kumar Ankush (@ankushthebest10) January 22, 2020
You failed to proportionately represent US in higher judiciary.
Shame on you for obstructing our path in apex court ! pic.twitter.com/9g8HojGq8X
Thank You Supreme Court for giving us, common citizens of India 4 more weeks to make our agitation stronger & more vociferous so that it might wake up this arrogant & authoritarian Government. We will fight on for our Constitution & our Democracy. May be You will also hear us.— Tushar (@TusharG) January 22, 2020
— Leke Rahenge Azaadi (@listendesivoice) January 22, 2020