Supreme Court seeks documents on citizenship bill authenticationThe next hearing on the case is scheduled for Tuesday to discuss whether to issue an interim order.
The Supreme Court on Friday gave continuity to an interlocutory interim order issued against the new amendments to the Citizenship Act and ordered the defendants to present copies of decisions regarding the authentication.
A division bench of Justices Prakash Singh Raut and Sushma Lata Mathema ordered the government to present a copy of the decision of the Cabinet that recommended the President for authentication from the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers and a copy of the decision to authenticate the bill by President Ramchandra Paudel from Sheetal Niwas.
President Paudel had authenticated the bill to amend the Citizenship Act on May 31.
The next hearing on the case is scheduled for Tuesday to discuss whether to issue an interim order.
The apex court on June 4 had ordered the authorities not to enforce the new amendments to the Citizenship Act that President Paudel authenticated. The court had also issued a show cause order in the name of the defendants including the Office of the President.
Senior advocates Surendra Bhandari and Bal Krishna Neupane had filed the petition at the apex court following the President’s authentication of the amendment bill, claiming that President Paudel’s move to endorse the Citizenship Bill was unconstitutional.