Article 370 will be heard after the Dussehra holiday – The Kashmir News
NEW DELHI// The Supreme Court on Friday said it will hear petitions challenging the amendment to Article 370 of the Constitution to end the provision of special status to Jammu and Kashmir after the Dussehra holidays. Justice U.U. A bench headed by Lalit agreed to hear pleas challenging the validity of the central government’s August 5, 2019 decision on ‘special mention’ of senior advocate PC Sen. The bench accepted Sen’s plea for an early hearing. The matter will be listed after the Dussehra holidays, Hoy said. The Supreme Court will observe the Dussehra holiday from October 3 to 9 and reopen on October 10. Senior advocate Sen, representing a group of former bureaucrats Radha Kumar, GK Pillai and others had requested an early hearing of the matter. These petitioners had jointly challenged the validity of the central government’s August 5, 2019 decision. A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court had said in March 2020 that the petitions challenging the Article 370 decision would be heard by a seven-judge bench. need not be referred to the Constitution Bench, which has not listed the matter for hearing since then. Due to the retirement of two members of the hearing bench, including Justice NV Ramana, in March 2020, the matter is now A five-judge constitution bench will have to be constituted again to consider. The Center had revoked the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir by amending Article 370. The state was then divided into two Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.