The Indian Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the government in all 60 petitions challenging the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.

Amid raging protests, the three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, however, refused to put the law in abeyance. The matter will now be taken up next year on Jan. 22.

The Citizenship Act would grant citizenship to six minorities, except Muslims from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh — all Muslim-majority nations in South Asia.

According to the Indian Express newspaper, the Supreme Court also orally instructed Attorney General Kottayan Katankot Venugopal, appearing for the

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