The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that it will not grant any stay on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) without hearing the Centre.
The Court gave the centre four weeks to respond to petitions on the law.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde was hearing a batch of pleas challenging the validity of CAA.
Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre told the bench that the government has been given copies of around 60 pleas out of the 143 petitions.
The Top Court restrained all other high courts from passing any order on CAA.
The court also said a five-judge Constitution bench will set up to hear pleas on CAA.
On January 9, the Apex Court had refused to give an urgent hearing on a petition seeking CAA be declared constitutional.
The bench had said that they would hear the petitions challenging the constitutionality of the Citizenship Amendment Act once the nation-wide violence stops.