Supreme Court issued a notice on plea by Centre, transfer of petitions challenging CAA

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Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice on a plea by the Centre seeking the transfer all the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that are pending before different high courts. The CAA provides for the grant of Indian citizenship of Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Christians, Buddhists and Jains facing persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The law under challenge excludes Muslims. A bench comprising Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice B.R. Gavai and Justice Surya Kant issued notice to all the petitioners who have approached the high court’s challenging the validity of the amended citizenship law as Solicitor General Tushar Mehta sought their transfer to the apex court. CJI Bobde had said when Solicitor General had mentioned the matter for hearing, “We are of the prima facie view that high courts should hear petitions challenging the CAA and in case there is a conflict, we may look into it.”