SC de­fers hear­ing PIL against bill

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Mon­day de­ferred hear­ing on a PIL chal­leng­ing two no­ti­fi­ca­tions is­sued three years ago, which were the pre­cur­sor to the Cit­i­zen­ship Act Amend­ment Bill and were meant to stop ex­pul­sion of for­eign­ers who pro­fessed Hin­duism, Sikhism, Jain­ism and Bud­dhism.

Abench headed by CJI Ran­jan Go­goi told an NGO’s coun­sel, K N Chaud­hary, that it would be bet­ter if the pe­ti­tion­ers awaited the fate of the bill which is pend­ing in Ra­jya Sabha. “If Ra­jya Sabha passes the bill, then the pe­ti­tioner has to chal­lenge the law,” the CJI said.

In its or­der, the bench said, “We are of the view that this mat­ter should re­main pend­ing and be taken up only af­ter the Cit­i­zen­ship Act Amend­ment Bill... reaches fi­nal­ity. The pe­ti­tion­ers will be at lib­erty to men­tion the mat­ter at the ap­pro­pri­ate time.”

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