After taking oath as the 49th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Uday Umesh Lalit has focused on expeditious disposal of pending public interest cases. The ‘cut off period’ of the Act was December 31, 2014.
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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself expressed her displeasure with the CAA. In Abu Dhabi in January 2020, expressing his displeasure, he said, “I don’t understand why the Indian government made this law, there was no need for it.”
The fleet of public interest-related cases is currently 189. The petitioners claim that the Act will create discrimination among citizens on the basis of religion, which is against the Constitution of India. A nation-wide protest against the CAA erupted. Shaheen Bagh area in Delhi was blocked. The blockade was lifted as the Covid situation escalated. . A case of treason was filed against the agitator.
In response to the notice, the central government said that the law did not curtail the rights of the country’s minorities. No constitutionally-recognized right of any Indian citizen is being abridged.
Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit assumed charge on August 28. His tenure is only 74 days. He will retire on November 8 this year. Dhananjaya Jaswant (DY) Chandrachud is slated to become the next Chief Justice. Both are keen on speedy disposal of the backlog of cases. On the orders of the Chief Justice, 152 public interest cases were heard from September 5 to 9. According to Supreme Court records, 51 of them were heard by the Chief Justice’s Bench.
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