Amid growing controversy over the attempts to abrogate the Article 35A, Former PDP MP Friday filed a petition in Supreme Court to defend Article 35-A.
“I have filed the petition in the Supreme court which has been accepted,” said Tariq Hameed Karra while speaking to Kashmir Vision.
Pertinently, the Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear pleas challenging Article 35A after Diwali.
The Article 35 A relates to the special rights and privileges of permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to a New Delhi based news gathering agency, a bench headed by Justice J S Khehar accepted the plea of the Jammu and Kashmir state government that the pleas challenging Article 35 A be heard after Diwali.
The report said that senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi and Advocate Shoeb Alam mentioned the matter before a bench also comprising Justices Dipak Misra and D Y Chandrachud that even the Centre has no objection if the pleas are taken up after Diwali.
“All the pleas will be taken up for hearing after Diwali,” the bench said.
The court had said that a three-judge bench will hear the matter and refer it to a five-judge bench if necessary.
The apex court was hearing a plea filed by Charu Wali Khanna challenging Article 35A of the Constitution and Section 6 of the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution which deal with the “permanent residents” of the state.
Article 35A, which was added to the Constitution by a Presidential Order in 1954, accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of the Jammu and Kashmir.