Pol­icy

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

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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.

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