New Delhi, September 23 (KMS): The Indian Supreme Court on Friday said it will take up after the vacation of Hindu festival Dussehra in October the petitions challenging the BJP-led Hindutva government’s illegal and unilateral move to abrogate provisions of Article 370, which had given special status to Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justices Indira Banerjee and S. Ravindra Bhat took note of the submissions of a counsel that the pleas were assured to be listed after the summer vacation but they could not be listed.
“We will certainly list that,” the CJI told the counsel who submitted that it is an important constitutional matter and has been pending for a long time. The bench said it will be taken up when the court reopens after the Dussehra recess. The apex court will be on Dussehra break from October 3 and will reopen on October 10.
On April 25 this year, a bench headed by the then CJI N.V.Ramana, now retired, had agreed to consider listing after the summer vacation the pleas challenging New Delhi’s decision to abrogate Article 370.
The pleas were then mentioned by interveners Radha Kumar, Indian academic and author and Kapil Kak, retired officer of the Indian Air Force.
The hearing into several petitions challenging the Indian government’s action of repealing Article 370 and invoking the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, which split IIOJK into two Union Territories commenced before the 5-judge bench in December 2019, almost 4 months after the notifications issued by New Delhi in August 2019. The petitions have contended that the August 5 Order and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act of 2019 were arbitrary. The petitions have not been listed after March 2, 2020.