Cabinet nod to protests to SC hearing: The story of Citizenship Act so far


The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act and ordered the Centre to respond to pleas against the Act within four weeks.


Here’s the timeline of events since the Union Cabinet cleared the Citizenship Amendment Bill:


December 4: Union cabinet clears Citizenship Bill


December 9: Lok Sabha passes Citizenship Amendment Bill


December 11: cleared by Rajya Sabha


December 11: Protests erupt in Assam; curfew imposed in Guwahati and Dibrugarh


December 12: Two die in Guwahati as police open fire on protestors


December 12: Protests spread to other states, especially to those in the Northeast


December 12: becomes law with President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent


December 13: Shinzo Abe postpones Guwahati visit for summit amid protests in Northeast


December 13: UN human rights’ body calls ‘fundamentally discriminatory’


December 13: More than a dozen petitions moved in the Supreme Court challenging the Act


December 13: Violent protests rock West Bengal for the second consecutive day


December 15: BJP announces nationwide campaign to spread awareness


December 15: Protesters torch buses in Delhi, clash with police


December 15: Delhi Police enters Jamia Milia Islamia campus after clashes with protestors outside; students beaten up, detained


December 15: 60 AMU students hurt after clashes with police during protest; University closed till Jan 5


December 16: Violent protests against citizenship law ‘deeply distressing’, says PM Modi


December 16: Protests held in colleges, universities across India in solidarity with Jamia, AMU students; celebs, politicians also express solidarity


December 17: SC refuses to set up committee for enquiry into allegations of police atrocities against protestors, directs petitioners to approach respective high courts


December 17: Violent protests in Delhi’s Seelampur; police resorts to baton charges, firing tear gas shells to disperse the protesters


December 20: Protests intensify in Uttar Pradesh; several killed in police action


December 21: RJD stages state-wide bandh in Bihar against the law


December 22: PM Modi holds rally in Delhi, accuses rivals of stoking fears among people and misleading Muslims


December 23: West Bengal government stays all activities relating to the preparation and updatation of the NPR


December 24: Cabinet approves Rs 3,941.35 crore for updating NPR, and another Rs 8,500 crore for Census 2021


January 8: Allahabad HC issues notice to UP govt over its handling of protests


January 10: Citizenship (Amendment) Act comes into force


January 13: Congress and 19 other opposition parties meet in Delhi, pass resolution asking all non-BJP governments to not implement NPR. They also ask Centre to withdraw CAA.

January 22: Hearing a batch of pleas challenging the Act,SC refuses to grant stay. Asks Centre to reply within four weeks.



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Updated: January 22, 2020 — 7:22 am

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