Protesters hold placards as they take part in a demonstration against India's new citizenship law, in Kolkata on Wednesday. AFP
The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to pass any order to restrain the operation of Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) or National Population Register (NPR).
The top court gave four weeks time to the Centre to file a counter affidavit.
A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde also indicated the probability of constituting a Constitution Bench to take up the matter on the next date of hearing.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for the Indian Union Muslim League challenging the new law, urged the court to postpone the process for a few months.
However, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal opposed it saying it was equivalent to a stay.
"It means as good as granting a stay on the operation of the law," said the AG.
Then the Chief Justice said: "We aren't going to pass any such order today."
On the other hand, Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad would be joining the Shaheen Bagh protest in Delhi today after a court allowed him enter the national capital.
Chandrashekhar said, “I welcome the court's decision. This is a victory for the Constitution."
Chandrashekhar also said, "I can now visit my brothers and sisters in Delhi... who have been waiting to see me. I can listen to their troubles and try to help them."
Three sensitive issues on which Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed controversial laws through Parliament are caught in messy situations. The issues are farm sector reforms, citizenship norms and status of Jammu and Kashmir.
One of the Shaheen Bagh grandmothers (Dadi), 82-year-old Bilkis who became the face of the Shaheen Bagh protests in India, has featured among Time Magazine's top 100 most influential personalities in the world.
Tens of thousands of farmers have been camped on the outskirts of the capital, New Delhi, for almost two months, protesting against what they say are laws designed to benefit large private buyers at the expense of growers.
In the video, a lion can be seen freely roaming around in a village before it is taken aback by the invasion of the dogs, who succeed in chasing away the majestic creature. The big cat soon runs towards a kine of cows standing nearby.
The well wishers attended a banquet Iftar held by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed on this occasion.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced, on Friday, that 457 people had been arrested, and that 441 police and gendarmerie officers were injured on Thursday, in France, during the ninth day of protests against pension reform.