JK govt sacks Counsel in SC over disagreement on sovereignty verdict

JK govt sacks Counsel in SC over disagreement on sovereignty verdict

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has fired lawyer Sunil Fernandes, its chief standing counsel in the Supreme Court, days after he refused to file a review petition to challenge the apex court’s ruling, media reports said on Thursday.
Fernandes was asked to “resign immediately” by the state government without being given any reasons.
On December 16, the Supreme Court in a judgement had said that Jammu and Kashmir has “no vestige of sovereignty” outside the Indian Constitution.
The J&K High Court had passed a verdict saying any law made by Parliament which affects the laws made by the state legislature, cannot be extended to Jammu and Kashmir. The Supreme Court bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and Fali Nariman had rejected this verdict.
Quoting sources media reports said the state law department had been mounting pressure on Fernandes to file a review petition against the apex court’s views. However, Fernandes said he would file a review against the court’s judgement only if he was given special instructions to do so in writing. He also argued that when the matter was before the apex court, his submissions were vetted by the state law department and he was not instructed to pick up the issue of state’s sovereignty then.

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