Article-35 A row: J&K govt seeks adjournment of hearing in SC

Article-35 A row: J&K govt seeks adjournment of hearing in SC
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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday moved an application in the Supreme Court seeking adjournment on hearing the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35A, which grants special rights and privileges to permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The law department today moved an application before the Apex court seeking adjournment in hearing the petitions in view of a possible law and order situation,” a senior officer in law department told Kashmir Reader.

The officer said that the counsel representing the state is likely to get the response by 3:00 pm today.

Four petitions demanding scrapping of the provision are listed for hearing on Monday before a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.

The main petition was filed by a Delhi-based NGO “We the Citizens”. Later, three petitions filed by West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee, Dr Charu Wali Khanna, and Kali Dass were clubbed together.

The pleas have challenged, among others, certain provisions of Article 35A which deny property rights to a woman from J&K who marries a person from outside the state.

Article 35A was added to the Constitution of India by a Presidential Order in 1954.