SRINAGAR: The National Conference (NC) and a group of former Jammu and Kashmir Law Secretaries, both in their individual capacities, are exploring the options of going to the Supreme Court against the petition that has asked for the scrapping of Article 35A.
NC general secretary and former state law minister Ali Mohammad Sagar told Kashmir Reader that his party has been deliberating on the idea but a consensus has not been reached so far. “Moving the apex court is one of the options we have been exploring, to prevent the onslaught on our special position. We are thinking of involving the civil society and other stakeholders, too,” Sagar said.
“However, we are exploring other options first, like creating awareness among the public. We were also discussing why it is only JK that is being attacked through the petition, when other states that have similar powers are not. It shows the sinister plan against the people of the state,” he said.
All pro-Indian parties, civil society groups and pro-freedom camp have advocated a campaign against the petition filed in the Supreme Court to scrap Article 35A. The state government has already submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court in defence of the Article.
Another NC leader, who was also a minister in the former NC-Congress government, told Kashmir Reader on condition of anonymity that his party was waiting for developments on the issue before taking any legal move.
“We would have done so, but we anticipate that the petition may be dismissed, as has been done in the past,” he said.
A group of former law secretaries have also been deliberating on moving to the court against the petition. One of them, on the condition of anonymity, told Kashmir Reader that meetings have been held to explore the legal options that could be taken.
“We are waiting for a few more days. If nothing happens, we will go to court,” he said.
The Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association has also said that it has readied a team to fight the petition in the Supreme Court, but has for now adopted a wait-and-watch policy.