Supreme Court adjourns hearing on Art 35A till Jan 2019

Supreme Court adjourns hearing on Art 35A till Jan 2019
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Srinagar: The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned hearing on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35-A, and listed the case for next hearing in the second week of January next year.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud adjourned the hearing on a batch of pleas moved by different groups and individuals challenging Article-35A, reports said.

“The three-bench court adjourned the hearing of petitions. The case has been listed for next hearing in the second week of January 2019,” Advocate Mian Muzaffar, who is camping in Delhi along with a battery of lawyers, told Kashmir Reader.

On Wednesday, the Jammu and Kashmir government had moved an application in the Apex Court seeking adjournment of the August 31 hearing on pleas in wake of upcoming local body elections in the state.

Article 35-A, which was incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and denies property rights to a woman who marries a person from outside the state.

Several interlocutory petitions have been filed in support of Article 35-A by various individuals and civil society groups seeking continuance of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Four petitions demanding scrapping of the provision have been moved before the Supreme Court. 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.

Rcently, Delhi BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay moved a fresh plea in the court seeking revocation of Article 35A of the Constitution.

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