Petitions challenging taken up in CJI Bobde's court at the Supreme Court.

Attorney General KK Venugopal here for Centre. Battery of senior lawyers including Rajeev Dhavan, and Prashant Bhushan for petitioners.


Supreme Court issues notice in the petitions, govt to file response by 2nd week of January. Rejects a request to issue a stay on the .

Next date of hearing is 22 January 2020. Court will decide then if a stay can be issued.

Bench of CJI SA Bobde along with Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant also refused a request by BJP leader Ashwani Upadhyay asking for a direction to publish facts and dispel doubts about .

While there was no direction by the judges on this point, they did acknowledge a need for information to be communicated to the public. AG KK Venugopal gave assurances this will be done. H/t

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