Article 370: Several petitions challenging the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories will be heard in the Supreme Court on Tuesday. After three years this episode is again in discussion. A five-judge constitution bench will hold preliminary proceedings on July 11 and issue procedural instructions regarding filing of documents and written submissions. During this, the date of commencement of hearing will also be informed.
The bench will comprise Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Sanjiv Khanna, BR Gavai and Surya Kant. The court is expected to examine whether Parliament could abrogate Article 370 without the consent of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and whether its bifurcation into two union territories was a constitutional step.
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Center’s new affidavit, said- era of peace has come in the valley
Earlier on Monday, the Center filed a new affidavit in the Supreme Court. In which said that since the abolition of Article 370 in August 2019, there has been an unprecedented era of peace in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
The Union Home Ministry said in the affidavit that Jammu and Kashmir was facing the brunt of terrorism for the last three decades. The only way to curb this was to remove Article 370. Today all necessary institutions including schools, colleges, industries are running normally in the valley. Industrial development is taking place and people who used to live in fear are living in peace.
The last hearing was held in March 2020
The case was last heard in March 2020 by a separate bench of five judges. In that hearing, the bench refused to refer the matter to a larger bench of seven judges.
Article 370 was removed in August 2019
Let us inform that in August 2019, the Modi government had removed Article 370. After which the Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act to bifurcate the state.
This process was initiated after President’s rule was imposed when the state assembly was not functioning. The petitions have argued that the abrogation of Article 370 through a Presidential Proclamation during President’s Rule is a violation of the democratic rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
In June 2018, the BJP broke the alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party. After this the government fell and President’s rule was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir. Since then no assembly elections have been held in this region.
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