Supreme Court nixes to put a stay on National Population Register

New Delhi, 27 January: The Supreme Court has nixed to stay the National Population Register (NPR). The court has issued a notice to the central government on the new petitions filed regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and NPR.

The petition states that the security of data in Aadhaar is guaranteed but the information to be collected under NPR is likely to be misused. The petition states that citizens will be monitored by this data and this may violate their privacy.

On 22 January last, the Supreme Court refused to put a stay on the Citizenship Amendment Act. The court had said that a bench of five judges would hear the matter. The court directed the central government to file the reply in four weeks. The Supreme Court had given two weeks time to respond to the petitions related to Assam.

The Supreme Court had said that after four weeks they would decide a day after which the petitions filed against the Citizenship Amendment Act would be heard daily. The Supreme Court had stayed the issuance of any order on petitions filed against the CAA in different high courts across the country. The Central Government had sought transfer of the petition filed against the CAA in the High Court in all the High Courts filed in the Supreme Court.

Today, the notice has been issued to the Central Government and the Assam Government while hearing the petition filed by Assam’s first transgender judge Swati Bidhan Barua against the exclusion of transgenders from the NRC.

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