A Month To Go Before Union Territories Of J&K And Ladakh Come Into Being, But Confusions Remain SC bench to start hearing Art 370 pleas from today
New Delhi: A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court will start hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to nullify Article 370, leading to abrogation of special status to J&K, from Tuesday.
A bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer on Monday referred all pending petitions, which questioned the Centre’s decision to annul special status to J&K, clamp down on mobile phone and internet services as well as put almost all noted politicians under preventive detention, to what it termed the ‘Kashmir bench’.
MDMK leader Vaiko’s petition seeking to know the whereabouts of NC leader Farooq Abdullah was dismissed. The SC said since it was now known that Abdullah has been detained under the Public Safety Act, Vaiko’s petition was no longer maintainable. It said those aggrieved by the detention could move the appropriate forum.
The CJI had on Saturday set up a five-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana to take up all petitions which have raised issues relating to the Centre’s August 5-6 decisions on J&K. The other judges on the bench are Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, R Subhash Reddy, Bhushan Ramkrishna Gavai and Surya Kant.