The Supreme Court on Monday listed a batch of petitions challenging the validity of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) for hearing before an appropriate bench on December 6.
The Bench of Chief Justice of India Uday Umesh Lalit, Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice Bela M. Trivedi appointed Advocates Pallavi Pratap and Kanu Agrawal as Nodal Counsels to prepare compilation of all relevant documents related to the matter.
Pratap represented petitioner Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) in the case, while Kanu Agrawal appeared as the Central government Counsel.
The Nodal Counsels were directed to share the final compilation document with all other counsels in digital version. The Apex Court further directed all other Counsels to file their submission in maximum three pages.
After this, the Nodal Counsels may consider designating some other matters as lead matters, keeping in view grounds of geographical and religious classifications, added the top court of the country.
The Apex Court, while noting that there were various pleas projecting multiple views, suggested the Nodal Counsels to achieve the resolution of the entire controversy by taking two-three matters as lead matters.
It further said that since the pleadings in IUML have been completed and submitted before the Court by Advocate Pratap, it could be taken as the lead matter.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Union of India, submitted that the Central government has filed its response in 50 matters concerning Assam and three for Tripura. He sought more time to file replies regarding Assam and Tripura.
As per the SG, there were two broad categories in the country. One was the Umbrella category, while for Assam and Tripura, there was a slightly different category. Stating that it was not possible to classify them in less time, the SG sought more time to file reply over the same.
The Supreme Court granted time to the SG to file reply, while directing the Counsels for Assam and Tripura to file their reply on the matter within three weeks.
The Nodal Counsels were directed to comply the same it within two weeks thereafter.
(Case title: All Assam Students Union vs Union of India)