Jammu & Kashmir

SC to list plea challenging Article 370 abrogation next month

Supreme Court of India. [File Photo]

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said that it will list the matter challenging the abrogation of Article 370 and the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories for hearing next month after the Dussehra break.

“We will certainly list it,” said a bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) UU Lalit, news agency ANI reported.

The Dussehra break will remain from October 3 to October 9 when the Court has decided to list the matter.

The report quoting the counsel mentioning the matter for urgent listing told the bench that this matter has been pending for a year.

Earlier, former CJI NV Ramana had said that he will try to list in July a bunch of petitions challenging the validity of the law scrapping Article 370.

Various petitions are pending before the top court that challenges the validity of the law scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution and special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two Union Territories.

Later, some petitions were filed against the government’s action for delimitation in accordance with the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019.

These petitions alleged that sweeping changes are being brought about by the Government of India that have impacted the rights of a large number of people. Despite the fact that the petition is pending before the Supreme Court since 2019, the Government of India has taken some irreversible actions, the report said quoting petitions.

Quoting the petitions further, the report added that the Government of India has constituted a delimitation commission to mark boundaries in the territory for all the constituencies before an assembly election can be held.

On August 5, 2019, the Government of India announced its decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir granted under Article 370 and split the region into two Union territories.


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