Petitioner moves Indian SC, seeks early hearing of petitions challenging abrogation of Article 370

New Delhi, March 13 (KMS): Muzaffar Iqbal Khan, a petitioner has approached the Indian Supreme Court urging for an early hearing of the petitions challenging the Modi-led government’s abrogation and bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu Kashmir into union territories.

Muzaffar Iqbal Khan in his petition had challenged the abrogation and the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Act, 2019 as being unconstitutional and sought early hearing of the case.

The plea sought direction to the Indian government to refrain from taking any further steps pursuant to the actions impugned in the petitions, including delimitation, in accordance with the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019, till the pending petitions are heard and decided by the court.

He said despite the fact that the petition is pending before the Indian Supreme Court since 2019, the Indian government has taken some irreversible actions.

Khan said the Indian government has constituted a Delimitation Commission to mark boundaries in the territory for all the constituencies before an assembly election can be held.

A five-judge bench in March 2020 had declined to refer to a larger 7-judge bench a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of India’s decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, saying there were no reasons to refer the matter to a larger bench.

Earlier, senior CPI-M leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami had also urged the Indian Supreme Court to list these cases urgently for hearing.

On August 5 2019, the Modi-led fascist Indian regime announced its decision to revoke the special status of Kashmir granted under Article 370 and split the region into two Union territories.