Amid ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the Centre on Friday evening announced the enforcement of the contentious law.
The Centre announced that the CAA has come into force from January 10, following a gazette notification issued by the Union Home Ministry.
Widespread protests have been witnessed in several states since Parliament cleared the law, with petitions being lodged in the Supreme Court challenging the legislation.
The Supreme Court, yesterday sought stands of various petitioners on a plea by the Centre for the transfer of their petitions from various high courts to the apex court. Notices were issued to all the petitioners seeking their replies.
The matter has been scheduled for further hearing on January 22 along with a slew of other anti-CAA petitions, already pending before the apex court.
A number of prominent Muslim organisations also demanded the revocation of the CAA yesterday.
Meanwhile, Friday witnessed anti-CAA demonstrations in several states, including in Assam, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
The agitation at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, where thousands of women and children are staging an indefinite sit-in against the legislation, also continued.
The Delhi High Court also refused to entertain a plea seeking directions to remove the demonstrators at Shaheen Bagh in order to clear road blockages causing traffic congestion’s along the route.