TDN World Desk: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind vice president on Wednesday expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court’s refusal to stay the Citizenship act.

According to the Amended Citizenship law non-muslims – Hindus,Sikhs,Parsis,Jain – coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before or on 31st December would be given Indian citizenship.

Citing the law discriminatory in nature, and violating constitutional provision,140 petitions filed in the apex court challenging the validity of the law.

While hearing the petitions, A three Judges bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde refused to stay on CAA and allowed the centre four weeks to respond over the law.

Soon after the court announced no stay on CAA, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind issued press statement on Wednesday.

Saleem Engineer, JIH Vice President, said, “We expected the Supreme Court to come forward and help the people of India by staying the CAA because it is the responsibility of the apex court to fix the error committed by the Parliament. Supreme Court’s refusal today to stay the implementation of CAA has disappointed us.”

JIH noted in its press note that the government is unnecessarily lingering over the issue.

“We feel that the last month was enough time for the centre to respond to all petitions and the SC should have given its final verdict today. The Hon’ble Court could have taken response from it in that period and today full and final decision should have been given by the top court. This delay has been disappointing and this has delayed the justice for the people of India. We hope the Supreme Court would soon take action on it,” Saleem Engineer added further.