SC defers hearing PIL against bill
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.”