Srinagar: A team of 15 lawyers from the Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA) will appear before the Supreme Court of India on February 13 and 14 to defend Article 35A of the Indian Constitution.
The Bar association’s executive committee met on Monday and constituted a 15-member team to oppose petitions seeking the scrapping of the constitutional provision that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
The meeting was held at District Court Complex, Moominabad Srinagar, under the presidentship of Mian Qayoom. Members of the team constituted to oppose the challenging petitions were advised to remain present in the Supreme Court on 13th and 14th of February, the dates when all the petitions related to the matter are listed for hearing.
It was also decided in the meeting that the team members will meet in Delhi on 12th of February to devise a strategy for defending Article 35A.
It was also decided that any other member of the Bar Association who may be willing to join the team in Delhi was welcome.
Article 35A, incorporated in the Constitution of India by a 1954 Presidential Order, accords special rights and privileges to citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and denies property rights, jobs, scholarships and voting rights in state elections to those not permanent residents of J&K state.
The Bar team that will plead the case in Supreme Court comprises President MA Qayoom, Vice President Aijaz Bedar, Secretary Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, Joint Secretary Adil Asimi, Treasurer Bilal Ahmad Wani, Senior Advocates ZA Shah, ZA Qureshi, Riyaz Jan, Advocates Altaf Haqani, Mufti Mehraj-ud-din, Manzoor Ahmad Dar, NA Ronga, MS Reshi, Arshad Andrabi, and Bashir Sidiq.