JK govt appeals SC to adjourn hearing on Art 35-A plea citing election preparations  

JK govt appeals SC to adjourn hearing on Art 35-A plea citing election preparations  
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Srinagar: Two days ahead of the scheduled hearing on a plea against the Article 35-A the Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday appealed Supreme Court (SC) to adjourn hearing on the plea for the “smooth conduct of forthcoming Panchayat and Municipal Elections”.

In a letter to registrar Supreme Court of India Advocate Shoeb Alam, Standing Counsel for the state of Jammu and Kashmir at SC has appealed the bench comprised of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, D Y Chandrachud and Justice A M Khanwilkar to adjourn the plea on account of Panchayat and Municipal Elections.

“The undersigned will be seeking an adjournment in Article 35-A case….on account of preparations for the upcoming Panchayat/Urban and Municipal Elctions,” reads a plea circulated by Advocate Shoeb Alam.

The leadership of the Joint Resistance, an amalgam of pro-freedom outfits, has given a shutdown call across Jammu Kashmir on August 30 and 31 to mark protests against any attempt to abrogate Article 35A which gives special privileges to the state.

Pertinently a lesser known NGO ‘We The Citizens’ had filed a petition in the Supreme Court in 2014, saying the provision was only supposed to be a temporary one so should be abrogated.