Srinagar: All eyes are set on the Supreme Court (SC) of India which is hearing a petition challenging Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution.
The article grants special status on the state government as well as state subject of Jammu and Kashmir.
A lawyer attending the hearing at the SC today said that four petitions against the article are listed at 69th place in the supplementary list.
“Currently, the SC is hearing 46th case listed today,” he said. “We are waiting and the SC will work up to 4:30 pm.”
J&K government and government of India are respondents in the case while as former member of Indian parliament is a private party in the case.
Kashmir High Court Bar Association is attending the case as “observer” and is scheduled to move an application before the SC to become a party in the case.
J&K government spokesperson, Naeem Akhtar, had told this newspaper that they are “fully prepared” to defend the continuation of the said article.
It has engaged services of top constitutional lawyers besides Law minister Ab Haq Khan accompanied by Advocate General, Jahangir Iqbal Ganaie, are assisting in the case.
Lesser known NGOs have challenged the article which has been upheld by the SC in past twice.
If anti-Article 35-A decision comes, Kashmir’s resistance leadership has warned of massive agitation.