Srinagar: Two days ahead of the scheduled hearing on Article 35A in the Supreme Court, the Jammu and Kashmir government has moved a formal application seeking an adjournment of the hearing so that panchayat and municipal elections can be smoothly conducted.
M Shoeb Alam, standing counsel for J&K in the Supreme Court, moved the application on Wednesday. It said, “The undersigned will be seeking an adjournment in the aforesaid matter on 31-08-2018 on account of the ongoing preparations for the upcoming Panchayat / Urban local body and municipal elections in the state.”
The Supreme Court has clubbed four petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of Article 35A which grants special rights and privileges to the government and citizens of Jammu & Kashmir. The petitions have been filed by an NGO, We the Citizens, the West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee, Dr Charu Wali Khanna, and Radhika Gill.
The hearing in the 35A case has already been adjourned twice in the past few weeks.