Supreme Court will also take up the issues related to media restrictions and communication blockade in IoK
The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday issued notice to the Narendra Modi government regarding the abrogation of Article 370, which gave special powers to Jammu and Kashmir. The top court said that a five-judge Constitution Bench will hear all the petitions related to scrapping of the Article 370 in the first week of October.
The Supreme Court will also take up the issues related to media restrictions and communication blockade after a week. The apex court refused a request from the Centre to appoint an interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir.
Supreme Court notice is already making India quake in its boots
Though Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had requested the Supreme Court not to issue formal notices, saying this will have cross-border repercussions and may be used by other countries, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said that, “we know what to do.. We have passed our orders.” Attorney General KK Venugopal also calls it a very sensitive issue, saying whatever happens here is raked up before the United Nations.
Moreover, the Supreme Court has also issued a notice to the Center on the plea by Kashmir Times Executive Editor, Anuradha Bhasin, seeking a direction for relaxing restrictions on the internet, landline and other communication channels. The top court sought a detailed response from Centre within 7 days.
Scrapping of Article 35A and 370
On August 5, the Narendra Modi government revoked the Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had also proposed the bifurcation of the state. The third key takeaway of the big announcement was the scrapping of Article 35A, which empowered Jammu and Kashmir state’s legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state and provide special rights and privileges to those permanent residents.
Pakistan has completely rejected the revocation of Article 35A and 370 and deemed it illegal. Prime Minister Imran Khan has been very vocal about the issue and has tried his best to internationalize it.
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